"It costs £5,000 to support a woman moving on from a refuge" according to research conducted for Hestia by Loughborough University. Also, research suggests that the pandemic led to a 30% rise in the number of calls Hestia's Referral line received from women affected by domestic abuse. The Cost-of-Living crisis puts additional pressure on these women and their children.

As a domestic abuse survivor, I have benefited greatly from the support provided by Hestia and I am aware that the Cost of Living Crisis may impact negatively on many women and children affected by domestic abuse. I'm fundraising to raise awareness and support women and children in London and the south east who have experienced domestic abuse.

I will be doing a 2,000 skips-a-day challenge for the entire month of September, which equates to 60,000 skips for this September Skipping Challenge.

Every year, the charity Hestia supports more than 4,000 women and children who have experienced abuse, helping them to recover from trauma and work towards a life beyond crisis. Hestia runs 25 refuges across 11 London boroughs and in Slough, as well as community-based support. Hestia also has teams that work directly with children in refuges, helping them to process and overcome what they have experienced.

Hestia also runs a number of domestic abuse campaigns and tools across the UK, including the Bright Sky app for people who are worried about someone they know, Safe Spaces in pharmacies and banks for people experiencing domestic abuse to use to safely call a helpline or support service, and the Respond to Abuse Advice Line, which provides advice to employers on how to respond to disclosures of domestic abuse.

Please support me in achieving my target, and together, we can help the thousands of women and children supported by Hestia to a life beyond crisis.

Ada Ibezi