Bridlington woman chosen as ambassador for new domestic violence project

Kate Gardner.
Kate Gardner.

A DOMESTIC violence survivor from Bridlington has become the ambassador of a project being launched tomorrow which will give victims of this form of abuse somewhere to turn.

Kate Gardner, who founded the Freedom and Empowerment campaign after escaping a mentally abusive relationship, has teamed up with the Break Away Project which will be launched at the Cherry Tree Centre, in Beverley tomorrow.

The aim of the project is to support men and women who are suffering from domestic violence and abuse by creating a safe place where they can speak to someone about their experiences.

It will also provide a confidential advice line on a Thursday evening from 6pm to 9pm as well as giving men and women the chance to visit the centre on a drop in basis or with an appointment.

Mum of two Kate was featured in the Free Press when she told of how at the age of 31 she was left temporarily paralysed after suffering a stroke triggered by what was believed to be the stress of living with an abusive partner.

But she has gone on to turn her life around and has most recently launched her own campaign to help others do the same.

After hearing about Kate’s story, Break Away Project manager Amanda Roberts invited her to become an ambassador for the scheme in the hope that they can now work together to help other victims in the East Riding.

“I couldn’t believe it when she asked me to be an ambassador, my chin hit the floor, I was so overwhelmed,” Kate said.

But Kate is determined to help make a success of the project which she said is a much needed facility in the region.

Kate said: “We have got a base now which is something to build on. It’s absolutely unreal the amount of interest I’m getting, and from America as well.”

“We need a centre just for domestic violence in every town. This is just the beginning, if this works see where we are in five years time because I have got the determination to do it,” Kate added.

Since launching the Freedom and Empowerment Campaign just two months ago Kate has been inundated with support and interest, with a Facebook page set up for the campaign having already attracted almost 200 followers.

Kate has also been busy liaising with several American authors and she is keen to hear from anyone in Bridlington willing to share their experiences of domestic violence for a book she is working on. You can contact Kate by emailing emilylouisegardner@hotmail.com

For more information about the Break Away Project call Amanda at the Cherry Tree Centre on 01482 871993.