Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East, has accepted a cheque from her constituent Marion Webb on behalf of domestic abuse charity ‘Refuge’ at Marion’s home on her 79th birthday. Marion has raised £3300 from sponsorship after skydiving on August 27th in memory of her daughter Julie Denise Hunt, on what would have been her 50th year.
Marion said “It seemed fitting to use the occasion to jump for ‘refuge’ as it is now 40th years since ‘refuge’ opened their first safe house for women and children.”
Marion choose to skydive to mark Julie’s life because she wanted to do something that reflected Julies love of life and her care free attitude towards having a go at anything. Marion asked Kerry to accept the cheque because she knows Kerry is into ‘extreme sports’ and because Kerry agrees with Marion that domestic abuse is a terrible crime that not only ruins the life of the victim but also destroys whole families.
Kerry said: “Marion’s skydive for Refuge is truly inspiring and the money she has raised will help support the victims of domestic abuse. On behalf of Refuge, I am delighted to accept the funds she has raised from her skydive. We need to do more to raise awareness of domestic abuse and I would urge everyone to do what they can to support the work of charities such as Refuge.”