I’m supporting victims of domestic abuse during this pandemic, and you can too.
My name is David Hicks, and I’m a survivor.
I, like many others, have suffered from domestic abuse.
Due to abuse as a child, I grew up in care of my Nan. She passed away 4 years ago, and I lost my soul mate. My Nan supported me, so I’ve dedicated my life in supporting others too.
In 2017, I started the charity Shirley’s Way in her name so I could help other survivors get back on their feet again.
Shirley’s Way is a Community Interest Company (CIC) where I upcycle old furniture and give it a new lease of life, before delivering it to people in need.
A majority of my clients are women who have been in abusive homes, and have relocated away from their dangerous living conditions and need new furniture.
The current pandemic has led to a huge spike in domestic abuse cases due to movement restrictions, so my services & Shirley’s Way are more needed than ever.
Unfortunately, Shirley’s Way has come to a halt as the van which I used to collect and deliver furniture was stolen last year included all my tools. I’ve started a GoFundMe page to try and raise money to buy a new van so I can get the charity up and running again.
Since having my tools and van stolen, I’ve been volunteering at Foodshare in Maidenhead, the Methodist Church and the night shelter.
I’ve been ill this past year, and have focussed on getting my health back. Now I’m feeling better, physically and mentally, I’m ready to get Shirley’s Way back on the road again and help people during this difficult time.
These funds will help the vulnerable people of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.
Other non-for-profit organisations you can support include:
DASH — https://thedashcharity.org.uk/
Making change for people experiencing Domestic Abuse — we have supported the communities of East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire for 45 years.
Re:Charge — https://www.facebook.com/RechargeMaidenhead/
Recharge provides drop-in sessions for families across Maidenhead, where children can play and mums have time to chat. We empower individuals to have the self-belief to achieve the very best in their lives.
Emma Taylor from Henley Mutual Aid support group — https://www.henleymutualaid.org.uk/contact
Henley Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group was set up by a small group of concerned Henley residents, who joined together to set up the Facebook page and then the volunteer network. This original group now forms the Core Team, which has built this website, created the resources for volunteers, and offers help and support to everyone getting involved.
Foodshare Maidenhead — https://www.foodshare.today/
Foodshare is a Registered Charity with a simple charitable objective: to help people in and around Maidenhead who are, for whatever reason, unable to feed themselves and their families properly.
My brilliant local church, High Street Methodist Church Maidenhead, is helping me to raise awareness of my GoFundMe Fundraiser so people can donate. https://www.gofundme.com/f/shirleys-way
Thank you, take care, and stay safe.