Chelsea Women donate WSL prize money to Refuge charity

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Chelsea Women’s side have donated their £100,000 Women’s Super League (WSL) prize money to Refuge, a charity in the United Kingdom (UK) that provides support services for people experiencing domestic violence.

The WSL campaign was ended with immediate effect last month due to the coronavirus pandemic with Chelsea Women last Friday crowned champions, overtaking Manchester City on a points-per-game record, with Liverpool relegated as clubs agreed on a conclusion to the 2019-20 season.

According to Chelsea, reports indicate the current Covid-19 crisis has led to an increase in domestic abuse incidents due to the periods of isolation and lockdown.

“UK charity Refuge, the country’s largest single provider of domestic abuse services, provides specialist, confidential support to women experiencing domestic abuse. Chelsea Women are proud to have been at the forefront of promoting the club’s support for Refuge,” reads the Chelsea statement.

Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes says it makes her proud that the club is supporting those less fortunate in times of need.

“It’s a charity that’s close to the hearts and minds of the Women’s team and is very important to our owner Mr Abramovich and everyone at the club,” said Hayes.

“Up until now our involvement was about supporting the campaign publicly with a call to action but we all wanted to do more than that and if donating our prize money can ease some of the concerns and worries people have then it’s the least we can do,” – Hayes.

“It’s an important message. It’s a campaign that’s really dear to us and the best way we can demonstrate our support further is by committing our prize money towards it and helping those in need,” added Hayes.

Sandra Horley, CBE, chief executive of Refuge expressed her gratitude to the London based side.

‘We are incredibly grateful to Chelsea Women. Refuge has seen a huge increase in demand to its Helpline and website services during Covid-19 which has shone a light on the thousands of women who need our support across the country right now,” said Horley.

‘We are incredibly grateful to Chelsea Women for not only shining a light on domestic abuse, but also supporting us with a significant financial commitment – this is an incredible gesture. Every penny we raise helps Refuge to provide life-saving and life-changing specialist services,” she concluded.

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