A COVENTRY charity has appealed for help as they attempt to pass on some much-needed Christmas cheer to women who are experiencing or at risk of sexual exploitation.
Kairos is looking to hold a Christmas celebration for the women it supports, providing a safe space for them to enjoy the company of others who have had similar life experiences.
Each year the charity looks to give each woman a hot Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and a gift to take away.
Many of the women Kairos support don’t get the opportunity to experience Christmas, with some of them separated from family, without somewhere warm to call home or access to a kitchen to cook a turkey dinner in.
So far, Kairos has raised £630 from its £2,000 target.
Kairos has served the city for almost 25 years, helping around 250 of the most marginalised women in Coventry each year.
It deals with issues such as substance misuse, domestic abuse, sexual violence and extreme poverty.
Its list of services also includes daytime and evening drop-in sessions, crisis and harm reduction support, group sessions, one-to-one emotional support and counselling.
Many of the women Kairos supports live in Hillfields, Foleshill, and Spon End, which are all among the top 10 per cent most deprived areas in the country.
A spokesperson for Kairos said: “Christmas is meant to be a special time for everyone.
“However for the women that we support, Christmas can often feel very bleak.
“We want all the women we support to feel loved and valued, we want to give them something to look forward to, something to make them feel special at Christmas.
“Please help us to make this the best Christmas for them yet.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/kairoschristmas23? to donate.