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New recruit raises money for charity which supports victims of sexual abuse

One of West Mercia Police's newest recruits is already starting to make a difference after he shaved his head to raise cash for a charity that supports victims of sexual abuse.

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Student officer PC Shaun Blackshaw, who is currently in training at Wellington Police Station, decided to shave his head for Axis Counselling, a local charity based in Telford and Shrewsbury after receiving an input from the charity during domestic abuse training.

Axis Counselling provides support to victims of sexual abuse, across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. Axis provide both a Counselling Service for therapeutic support, and an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) Service which provides practical and emotional support as well as support through the Criminal Justice System. The ISVA service in particular works with a large number of people who have experienced domestic abuse as well as sexual abuse.

PC Blackshaw raised more than £100 for the charity.

He said: "After having an input from Axisand seeing how it affected some class members I thought it only right that a local charity supporting the communities of Telford and Shrewsbury should have a donation for the support and help they offer victims of sexual abuse"

Chief Inspector Sarah Corteen said: "It is encouraging to see that even in training our new student officers are already committed to making a real difference to their local community and I know the charity will be thrilled with this donation."

Becky Jones, ISVA Manager at Axis said "We are extremely grateful to PC Blackshaw for raising these finds for us. We work with a large number of clients who have either experienced sexual abuse within a domestic abuse relationship, or who have experienced domestic abuse in addition to sexual abuse. Any donations that we receive, or monies that are raised for us through sponsorship events, enable us to provide that little bit extra for our clients. We are delighted to be working with the police to train their new recruits so that we can help them to understand from the perspective of those who have experienced sexual and domestic abuse".


ISSUED: 9am 060819 EH

Published 06/08/19