Monday’s Panorama shone a spotlight on domestic abuse and how it has surged during lockdown – here’s how you can support your local domestic abuse service.
RISE, Brighton’s domestic abuse charity, has consistently received over three times the number of calls to its helpline than before lockdown. On Monday, Panorama reported that every 30 seconds a call is made to the police.
However, the charity is pulling out all the stops to hold its annual fundraising race: RISE’s signature 8K Undercliff Run for Women. This will be welcome news for runners, who have seen pretty much every single mass participation event cancelled since the government announced the national lockdown in March.
In fact RISE is confident that the race, taking place on Sunday 11th October from Saltdean to Brighton Marina and back, will be one of the City’s first post-Covid events! With only 500 places available it is expected to sell out, so don’t miss out!
RISE has been closely following the advice of Public Health England, the World Health Organisation, and central government to ensure the event will be Covid-safe – through measures such as social distancing onsite, volunteer PPE and a pulsed start of five runners at a time will be implemented. For more information about entering, and the safety measures in place, visit: www.riseuk.org.uk/8KUndercliff
“I suffered horrendous abuse and violence at the hands of my perpetrator and spent the first half of lockdown in a refuge,” says service user, Marcella James. “Without RISE I wouldn’t be here today, so it’s brilliant news that the 8K Undercliff Run for Women is going ahead this year, to raise money for their vital service.”
If running isn’t your thing, the RISE Superheroes Summer is another way you can help support this important charity. All wannabe superheroes are invited to don their capes and masks to learn a new talent or discover an old one. To become a superhero all you need to do is dust off your cape (or fashion a makeshift one from whatever you have lying around the house!) and film yourself doing a challenge.
Why not put your pants on over your trousers and play your favourite computer game? Or see if you can keep a hoola hoop up? Research has even suggested that kids concentrate better when in fancy dress – so why not see if your offspring can concentrate on their favourite book over the summer?
Be it a sport, a language, a new yoga pose, a magic trick, something creative, or something involving one of your pets, it’s the ideal challenge for the whole family to get involved with during the summer holidays, whilst helping support people affected by domestic abuse in Brighton & East Sussex.
Six-year-old Ce-Ce Royal from Portslade got a new camera for her birthday, so her challenge is to take 24 pictures in 24 hours. “I did the Heroes Run last year which was really fun. It isn’t happening this year because of the coronavirus but I’m looking forward to doing a different challenge to win my medal!” she said.
For more information and to take part, visit www.riseuk.org.uk/heroesrun
The RISE 8K Undercliff Run for Women takes place on Sun 11 Oct 2020