Cash lifeline helps Eve to keep up vital work

eve project,Heyford Park,Bicester.Left,Nadia Brown,project manager and trustee and right,Anjella Wilson,trustee.'111027M-B234
eve project,Heyford Park,Bicester.Left,Nadia Brown,project manager and trustee and right,Anjella Wilson,trustee.'111027M-B234

AN Upper Heyford charity helping hundreds of women to recover from abuse and personal problems has been thrown a financial lifeline.

The Eve Women’s Wellbeing Project was established just two years ago, but already has around 300 members following a constant stream of referrals by GPs and social services.

The charity faced a financial crisis after its coffers ran dry earlier this year, but grants from churches, the Bishop of Oxford, the Bishop of Dorchester, and a charitable body have helped it continue its important work.

Project manager Nadia Brown said: “Because we’re not funded by the Government, a lot of what we do is funded through our own fundraising or grants from local councils.

“We found ourselves in a situation where we had bills to pay and couldn’t pay them.

“But the chair of trustees made a plea through the churches and managed to get £3,500. The Bishop of Oxford and the Bishop of Dorchester got together £3,500, and this week we got a grant from the Allen Lane Foundation.”

She added: “We’d never got to that point before. Fingers crossed, there’ll be some more grants coming back in.”

Ms Brown said Eve needs around £125,000 each year. “Fuel expenses and things like that can make it hard to sustain. You can end up doing lots of fundraising and not have time to do the work you need to be doing. But we’re heading in the right direction now,” she said.

The charity is based in Upper Heyford Community Centre, but recently set up a satellite centre in Witney.

Ms Brown said: “We’re constantly growing. We’ve got a new group starting in the new year working with young people. A lot of the women we see have dealt with domestic violence and sexual abuse as children, and so we want to work with children to try to prevent that happening.”

Eve’s fundraising events will include a bingo night followed by a tour of Bicester’s pubs tonight, Friday. And Eve will host a ladies’ faith day entitled Faith, Hope and Letting Go in Witney Methodist Church on Sunday, November 19.