Bolton women's refuge celebrates 40 years of repairing lives

A Bolton women's shelter that's helped thousands of people escape abusive relationships is marking its 40th anniversary.

Staff at Fortalice are hoping to raise 40 thousand pounds this year, to keep on helping more vulnerable women in the borough.

Mum of two Sophie's been staying with them since escaping a controlling marriage of ten years. She says it's changed her life. When she lived with her husband, he made her feel worthless, and wouldn't even let her control something as simple as the family food budget:

"Now I actually have a budget of my own and a bank account of my own, I can go out and buy fresh food and cook for my kids. It's having that confidence in myself, that I can actually do that.

"There's a nursery where my daughter can go. They helped me find a school place where my little boy can go. They've helped me a lot to build up my confidence, and I think they've helped my boy to build up his confidence. As for my daughter, she's flourishing.

"We are really grateful to be here. Places like this need more support, or we are going to lose them. It's all sorts of women who go through abuse. Women don't let abuse happen to them, like some people think. It's something where they need extra support, to get out of that situation."

Find out more about the Fortalice 40th Anniversary fundraiser here.

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