On Monday evening, Bray Women’s Refuge welcomed Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall for a visit.
Her Royal Highness, who has a strong interest in supporting issues surrounding domestic violence, visited the refuge to learn about the services we offer to women and children in crisis. We were delighted to show her our recently refurbished building and she had the opportunity to meet two brave women ‘Aoife and Kate’ who discussed their personal situations and the support they have received from Bray Women’s Refuge.
Present to welcome The Duchess were the Chairperson of the Board of Directors Gillian Mangan, services manager Anne-Marie McMorrow, current and former organisation directors, and the staff team. Also present were a number of invited guests representing organisation funders, local and national network partners, and other community representatives who work with or support the refuge.
Bray Women’s Refuge first opened its doors in 1978 to provide a safe temporary home for women and children experiencing violence in their own home. The service has been in its current premises since 1996. The building has undergone a number of renovations and refurbishments that have allowed us to meet growing demands for a safe dignified space where we can provide supportive care and advocacy services.The service manager thanked Her Royal Highness for taking time from her busy schedule to visit the refuge and presented her with a print by local Irish artist Simone Walsh depicting ‘The Cliff Walk, Greystones to Bray’ highlighting some of the local treasures of the immediate area.