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Weʼre raising £50,000 to Help thousands of woman by opening a domestic abuse centre in Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom

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

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  • Ruth Howard

    Ruth Howard

    Dec 12, 2018

    Keep up the amazing work Katie, you're a truly inspirational woman!

    £10.00

  • Natalie Naraghi

    Natalie Naraghi

    Nov 2, 2018

    Amazing what you are doing to help others. Your cause is one I can relate to and your bravery and strength is Inspirational 💕xxx

    £20.00

  • Eddie M

    Eddie M

    Oct 4, 2018

    Keep up this important work, Katie!

    £50.00

  • Nell

    Nell

    Sep 21, 2018

    Well done for raising awareness and good luck with your project.

    £13.00

  • Haley Farrell

    Haley Farrell

    Aug 25, 2018

    Amazing work Katie well done 😊 x

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 24, 2018

    Good luck with this very important project.

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 23, 2018

    You’re an inspiration Katie, good luck with the refuge project.

    £50.00

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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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