Caitlin Moran gives proceeds from ‘How to Build a Girl’ tour merchandise to support Refuge

8th January 2015

Caitlin MoranIn July of 2014, multi-award-winning writer Caitlin Moran embarked on a tour of the UK to promote her new novel, ‘How to Build a Girl’. As a long-standing supporter of Refuge’s work, Caitlin has kindly donated proceeds of her tour merchandise to Refuge to help us continue to run our life-saving and life-changing services. Refuge is extremely grateful to Caitlin for adding her voice to our campaigns and for her on-going support.

To mark the donation, Caitlin wrote on her website: “When Virginia Woolf said that all every woman needs is a room of her own, she was thinking of how any women who wishes to write needs to be able to close the door, be alone in a space, and to think. Sadly, there are much more urgent reasons why a woman might need a room of her own – because the rooms she shares with her partner have become a place of violence, fear, and psychological devastation.

This is why I am proud to support Refuge – the organisation that provides accommodation for women, and children, who are subject to domestic violence. I support them because, in a country where two women a week are killed by a current or former partner, they do just that: give women a room of their own. Somewhere they can close the door, and be safe again. Quiet again. Themselves again. Sometimes, that is all we need. Just a room. To be safe. To start our lives again.”

Sandra Horley, CBE, chief executive of Refuge says: “Refuge is delighted to have Caitlin’s support.  Thanks to the fabulous awareness she has raised of our work we have been able to reach out to yet more women and children experiencing domestic violence who are in need of our life-saving and life-changing services.  We are also delighted to have benefited from profits raised from the sales of Caitlin’s tour merchandise – vital funds which will help Refuge to keep running services in 2015.  Thanks so much Caitlin – to you and all your supporters – Refuge relies so much on its supporters, we’re enormously grateful, we really can’t thank you enough.”

Merchandise from Caitlin’s tour is still available on her website.

To read Caitlin’s post on her website, click here.