Film screening raises £400 for Salisbury Women’s Refuge

A FILM screening in Salisbury raised more than £400 to help women in need.

In late November, Salisbury Soroptimists and the Bemerton Film Society teamed up to host a special film night, with a screening of the Icelandic comedy, Woman at War.

The night, at St John’s Place, Lower Bemerton Road, raised funds for Salisbury Women’s Refuge.

Prior to the screening, Soroptimists’ president, Jenny Hair, explained the screening was part of the UN Orange the World campaign, which has the aim of eliminating violence against women.

The 16 days of activism begin each year on November 25, the International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women.

Salisbury Soroptimists raises funds for Salisbury Women’s Refuge each year through quiz nights, but hoped the screening would raise even more through tickets sales and generosity of attendees.

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Caroline Probert, chair of Salisbury Women’s Refuge, also spoke on the night, talking about the experience of residents in the refuge and her appreciation of the role of the Soroptimists in initiating the establishment of the refuge and their continuing support.

She also spoke of the need to raise extra funds as Wiltshire Council has withdrawn funding via the charity FearFree.

At the end of the evening, Jenny announced £427 had been raised for the cause and thanked all involved.

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