I could try for something more eloquent but really... wow - we have been inundated with offers of help and support over the last 4 days.
The response is overwhelming and much appreciated. We have had emails from all corners - from as far afield as the US to some really moving ones from women who spent time in shelters as children...
A few things are becoming clear - we have tapped into something that women in particular have really responded to - and we definitely have scope to make this a long-term initiative.
I wanted to update on a few things and how we foresee this moving forward at this stage:
If you have contacted us and shared stories - please know that we will keep that confidence - always - and pass you on to people who can help you further if at all possible.
Also - for those of you who supply us with your most personal information - the same applies - your contact information will not leave us without your prior consent - and will only ever go to those who are collecting goods from you. That is all.
Volunteers - by the nature of the group we are currently dealing with - we will be dealing closely with volunteers - which means that things may not always happen at the speed we would like - please continue to be patient with your offers of products and time.
So where are we now? Refuge are organising how best to deal with what we have to offer - but they HAVE said that they have collection points all over the country, so what I propose is this:
If you have very kindly offered your help and support can you please email us with your locality and your nearest big town in the subject line - i.e. Fulham - Central London. In the body of your email please list your full address and telephone contact number. This way we can pass your details on to the Refuge volunteer in your area and they can contact you directly to arrange transfer of goods.
This will hopefully make things happen fairly quickly and prevent the need for big postage fees for those that have a lot to send.
Equally - if you would prefer to send your product to us directly for dispersal in Central London please ask for our posting address in your email.
We have been asked for leaflets to distribute to companies/schools/neighbours for 'Cosmetic Drives' and are working on these.
In the last two days we have had offers of support from Shop Direct (very.co.uk and Littlewoods group), HQHair.com and lookfantastic.com - all of whom have offered to collect product internally and work with us.
If there is any more information you would like please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We intend to add a Supporters/Sponsors page to this site - if you would rather we did not name you and thank you publicly please let us know in your email.
Thank you does not seem an adequate response to how you have all reacted. Please know that every single item, however small, is appreciated and will find its way to someone who needs it badly.
Thank you. For your patience, time and support, thank you.