For families who have escaped domestic abuse and are in refuge holidays can be lonely times.

Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service, and Justin Tomlinson, North Swindon MP, have run an Easter Egg collection to give some cheer and  joy to families supported by SDASS  for the last two years and this  year Abbey park School has got involved

The school, and others from other schools from the Park Academy Trust: Red Oaks Primary, Orchid Vale Primary, Bridlewood Primary and Highworth Warneford School, would like pupils and parents to contribute to the collection launched at an event with Year 7 pupils and the Year 11 student leaders meeting Emma Maclennan from SDASS and Justin.

Mr Tomlinson said: “I am delighted that Abbey Park School has joined the campaign; it is an excellent opportunity to maximise the number of donations we receive. I want to say a big thank you to Alex O’Brien at Abbey Park School for reaching out and suggesting the school join the campaign.

“It was a pleasure to meet the students, they were incredibly engaged, and I was very impressed with the questions they asked – they were a real credit to the school.

“I really would encourage people to consider picking up an extra Easter egg to donate to the campaign, it really will brighten up someone’s day.”

Ms Maclennan, children and young person manager at SDASS said: “It was a pleasure to be at the launch of the Easter Egg Collection.

“I was delighted to have the opportunity to share the variety of services that SDASS offer, and in particular tell them about the work we are doing with schools in Swindon to promote healthy relationships. Thank you so much to Abbey Park for having me and to Justin for his continued support of the charity. I know the children at our refuge will be amazed when the Easter Bunny arrives!”

Alex O’Brien from Abbey Park School added: “We are very proud of our student leaders and students who thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to ask many insightful questions about the role of an MP and the important work of SDASS.”

Donations can be dropped off at Mr Tomlinson’s Community Office, on the first floor of the Orbital Shopping Park customer service hub. The office is open between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Donations can also be left with the Park Academy Trust schools (Abbey Park, Red Oaks Primary, Orchid Vale Primary, Bridlewood Primary and Highworth Warneford School). Donations must be received by Friday, March 22.