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£9,371
raised of £20,000 target by 156 supporters

    Weʼve raised £9,371 to Help thousands of woman by opening a domestic abuse centre in Liverpool

    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Funded on Wednesday, 3rd February 2021

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    Story

    My name is Katie Walker. I am 32 years old and I am a domestic violence survivor. I was beaten so badly by my ex-partner that every bone in my face was broken, and I spent 3 months having reconstructive surgery. Funny thing is, I don't remember feeling any pain from the broken bones or the surgery, because the pain came after. The pain came when I shut myself off from the world, the pain came when I lost all my confidence. I felt worthless -- like i had no reason to carry on... It took me years, but with help, I found the strength to get through this dark time in my life. As I recovered, I knew that I now needed to help the other women.

    With the help from the Prince's Trust I have gone on to open a salon in Liverpool. They helped me grow in confidence and gather the strength to finally find the courage inside to share my story. I wanted to raise awareness, and to help others escape -- to show them there is hope...

    I am now a Young Ambassador for the Prince's Trust, and I've gone on to win Liverpool Best Beauty Professional, a Pride of Britain award for sharing my story, and and helping other by giving free pamper days in my salon to help build their confidence. I was awarded Merseyside Woman of the Year 2018, and have just been given a Courage Award in the Liverpool Echo Awards! (Image by Colin Lane)

    All of these things have given me the platform I need to set up my own charity to help the thousands of others who need help. Government funding is pitifully low for abuse victims, so I've been fundraising myself but every pound donated makes a difference and is desperately needed.

    The Prince's Trust supported me in developing a plan to make this happen, but it will cost £71,000. I am currently renovating 2 floors of the building which houses my salon into a domestic abuse centre, with the necessary security so that women feel safe coming in. We intend to offer a confidence-boosting course which will include relaxation, therapy, pampering, counselling, and scar covering. Going on from there, we will provide work experience, vouchers for interview clothes, self-defence classes, training and much more.

    From my own experience, I know that just getting together and talking to others who have been though a similar events helps more than anything! These victims have done the hardest thing ever -- and that's to escape -- but sometimes escaping means you are left with nothing. And that includes the loss of your self-worth. I am determined to make the KatieCares charity a big success, but I really need funding and I need you help to make it happen. Your donation can help me to provide the support so that these brave women can rebuild their lives, helping get them back into society, to find work, and to stop them feeling that they have no option but to return to their abusers. Let's show them they are not alone.

    Some shocking facts: Two women a week are killed as a result of domestic violence in the UK. Last year, there were 1.7 million reports of domestic violence in England and Wales. Now is the time to make a change. If you would like to support this important work, please get in touch at katiecares.notalone@hotmail.com or 0151 530 4679

    Thank you for taking the time to read my story Kxx

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    • Katie Walker3 years ago
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      3 years ago

      The evening was brilliant, with nearly 300 people there to support KatieCares. Actors Michael Starke, Eithne Browne, and Adam Keast performed "Come Die With Me", a murder mystery play by Ashley Dyer. There was fierce bidding for the auction lots, and guest were eager to buy raffle tickets for the diamond pendant donated by Wong's Jewellers.

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      3 years ago

      At the KatieCares Gala Evening at Liverpool Titanic Hotel, Saturday 27th October.

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    Supporters

    156

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 30, 2021

      Well done for speaking out and getting through it yourself. Keep on doing the good work.

    • jude

      jude

      Dec 25, 2020

      sent with love from the girls at stella matutina care home lytham st annes

      £30.00

    • Carol

      Carol

      Dec 19, 2020

      Good luck. Been there. You never forget..

    • Stacey melia

      Stacey melia

      Dec 14, 2020

      £20.00

    • Janette Rayner

      Janette Rayner

      Dec 14, 2020

      Thank you for caring Katie 🥰

      £20.00

    • Val Judge

      Val Judge

      Dec 14, 2020

      Fantastic idea. Wish I could donate more.

      £20.00

    • James

      James

      Dec 14, 2020

      Great cause, good luck

      £10.00

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    Katie Walker

    Katie Walker

    Liverpool, United Kingdom

    After my ex left me for dead and broke every bone in my face I am now passionate about helping other woman through domestic abuse. Two women are killed every week after going back to abusive partners. We need to end domestic violence!

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