Crowe Isle of Man director recognises two local charities supporting the marginalised and vulnerable

phae Step charitiesCrowe Isle of Man director Phaedra Bird has presented donations to two local charities working to support the marginalised and the vulnerable, Graih and the Women’s Refuge.

The donations, made on behalf of STEP, come after she gained the highest marks of all STEP students in the Isle of Man in the Advanced Certificate in Company Law and Practice 2016/2017 examination as well as for the Overall Diploma in International Trust Management 2016, for which she received a trophy and a £500 donation sponsored by STEP to the charity for the homeless Graih and a £250 donation sponsored by RL360 to the Women’s Refuge (Women’s Aid Isle of Man).

Phaedra said: ‘Graih and the Women’s Refuge are two “under the radar” organisations working hard with limited resources to support those in housing crisis and female and child victims of domestic violence.

‘For those experiencing homelessness or domestic violence, the effects are not only damaging but also isolating. Graih and the Women’s Refuge are lifting the veil of silence and secrecy surrounding these issues. They offer practical support, protection and advice and are helping to transform the lives of some of those most in need.

‘At a time when charities are facing an increasingly challenging funding environment, volunteer organisations are having to work all the harder to deliver their services, demand for which, regrettably, is growing.

‘I am therefore pleased to make these donations to Graih and the Women’s Refuge and thank the sponsors of my awards, STEP and RL360, for their generosity.’

Michael Manning from Graih said: ‘It’s always encouraging to be recognised by the wider community, so we’re very grateful to Phaedra for her donation. The timing couldn’t be better, as we have recently launched our pilot night shelter operation as part of expanding our services to support those on the margins of our community.’

Thelma Lomax from the Women’s Refuge said: ‘We’re extremely grateful to Phaedra for choosing us. Our small charity has been in the island for 28 years and is, of necessity, a low-key operation, so it can be difficult to raise funds. For the Women’s Refuge to be aligned with the respected name of Crowe Isle of Man and to be associated with such a high-profile figure as Phaedra will be of great help to increase our visibility at a time when the issue of domestic violence is, thankfully, now more in the public eye.’

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