Electrical appliance retailer Donaghy Bros has officially launched a charity partnership with the Men’s Advisory Project by donating thousands of pounds worth of goods in the form of multiple ‘starter packs’ for male victims who need to find alternative accommodation due to domestic violence.
The starter packs contain items such as a kettle, toaster, frying pan and microwave and are designed to offer practical help to the victims as they settle into new accommodation.
The charity initiative was welcomed by Rhonda Lusty, who heads up MAPNI, who was heartfelt in her thanks to Donaghy Bros: “This donation of starter packs is greatly appreciated and will make all the difference in the world. Our clients can often be homeless or living in a hostel and have faced extensive and life changing domestic abuse. They sometimes have literally nothing and will benefit significantly from Donaghy Brothers generosity.”
Dermot Donaghy, co-owner of Donaghy Bros, commented: “We’re proud to be able to make a difference to these gentlemen’s lives by donating everyday kitchen items that will be of practical assistance to them in their transition to a new home and new beginning.
“We are committed to continue to provide starter packs as needed by the charity”
Co-owner of the business James Donaghy added that the company’s charity partnership with MAPNI was of great importance.
He said he was pleased that the firm was in a position to help both male and female victims of domestic violence as Donaghy Bros is also supporting Women’s Aid NI this year.
Ms Lusty said: “Male victims and survivors of domestic abuse often get little acknowledgement so the support of Donaghy Brothers will make a world of difference to so many of our clients who often move to new housing with literally what they stand up in and little else.”
Rhonda went on to explain that there are no dedicated refuges for men who face abuse in Northern Ireland and one of the key roles of the charity is to support male victims while they wait for permanent housing and to encourage them to seek help.