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Phoebe's Campout for Refuge

14-year-old, Phoebe Clark from Mellis, is fund-raising for Refuge. Refuge supports women, children & men experiencing domestic violence with a range of services.

Millie told us: “At the start of lockdown, my family all camped in our garden one night. I also heard that calls to domestic violence charities were increasing. I decided to carry on for 50 nights as my family said that they would sponsor metodoso. When I got to 50 nights,I thought I would carry on to 100!

When I reached 84 consecutive nights in my tent and thought it would help spur me on to 100 if people other than my immediate family might sponsor me to get there, so I set up a JustGiving page and I have been amazed at the support and encouragement people have given me and the money they have donated to charity. I am a Scout and a Sea Cadet, and it was wonderful to get their encouragement; I even had a message of support from a Sea Cadet Unit in Manchester!

Since I started on 11th April there have been nights below freezing, warm muggy nights, torrential downpours and bright, very early mornings! I won’t go into details about ant nests, spiders and chickens tripping over the guy ropes! I don’t feel too tired for school returning online and via video calls, but I just hope I don’t look too bad on screen!

As of July 9, the total raised stands at £870 which is more than double the £400 target I set myself but didn’t think I would achieve. So, I would like to thank everyone so much for their wonderful support

Sadly, one woman in four will experience domestic violence at some point in her lifetime and two women are killed each week in England and Wales by a current or former partner. Refuge supports around 6,000 women & children on any given day, experiencing domestic and sexual violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, stalking, trafficking, prostitution & so-called ‘honour’ based violence. By kindly sponsoring me, people are helping to save and change the lives of thousands of women and children escaping domestic violence.”

If you would like to sponsor Phoebe, her Just Giving donation page is:

To learn more about the work Refuge do, go to their website at: