yourSanctuary: events

Are you organising a charity event or training for a personal or team sports challenge and want to raise funds for a worthy cause?

yourSanctuary would like to appeal to anyone interested in raising funds to help support the efforts of all the staff and volunteers who provide such an important service to those who are currently experiencing, or who have previously experienced, domestic abuse. 

Your efforts are greatly appreciated and the funds you raise, whether by arranging a charity auction, party or event or committing to take on a personal sporting/endurance challenge, really make a huge difference to domestic abuse victims and their children throughout the Surrey area and further afield.

Our continued work is only limited by our financial constraints. With increased fundraising and support we could do so much more. For example: 

  • £100 pays for a trained staff member to cover the helpline for a 4 hour shift
  • £200 in funds raised could pay for a child to receive 10 session of therapeutic support from our children’s worker
  • £1000 in funds raised could pay for 10 women to attend the Freedom Programme
  • £3,000 in funds raised could refurbish one of our refuges
  • £5,000 in funds raised could provide new beds and mattresses for both refuges

We welcome your ideas and suggestions as to how you would like to raise funds for yourSanctuary.

Fundraising Campaigns

We are very proud and so grateful to our fundraisers who have raised money this year and in previous years and who have taken part in personal sporting challenges to raise money for yourSanctuary. These include:


July 2016 Lakeland 100 mile race challenge - Lake District - Jenni Cox - total raised £2,516.25

Jennie, who is one of our former clients decided to take on a challenge she has never done before and sign up for the toughest challenge of her life. Well done Jennie we are very proud of you. 

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'Life is full of challenges, it’s nice at times to be able to choose what ones we take on (even if they are 105 mile races!) but sometimes in life we are faced with one's we may not expect or choose to experience. Domestic abuse is not a choice and it can leave a person feeling powerless, alone and too fearful to make choices for their own life. A life without choice is nothing more than existence.

Without ‘Your Sanctuary’ a local domestic abuse charity I may not be here today, feeling free to make the choice to run 105 miles as well as other everyday choices we take for granted such as ‘is this going to be a safe and happy day'?

'Your Sanctuary' enables women to have choice back in their lives in a safe and supportive way. They offer a variety of services such as panic alarms, the freedom program (educational) and most importantly it’s the emotional support they offer, it really feels as though they stand by your side to face the challenge of domestic abuse together.'

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All that for this moment of relief but a life time of achievement

August 2015 - 100 Mile Prudential Ride London – Tom Ruane – total raised £1,595.00

yourSanctuary events: Tom Ruane

Well done to Tom Ruane for completing a 100 mile Ride London bicycle race in August 2015. He raised: £1,595.00 (including Gift Aid)

‘All in all, quite an emotional and memorable day – just glad I made the 100 miles!!’

‘Thank you so much to all who have supported and with your generosity, we have exceeded our target for a great local charity:

 your most kind support for yourSanctuary’

                                                            for more information click here.

June 2015 Explore Travel Agent – Staff fundraiser raised £155.30

‘Everyone had a really good day, the information we were provided with was brilliant, it was great to be able to give our colleague’s more information on what the charity does to help those who need it.’

May 2015 - Tough Mudder Challenge – Pip & Dan – total raised £ 1,193.50

Special thanks to Pip & Dan for completing the Tough Mudder Challenge in May 2015

They have managed to raise £1,193.50 (including Gift Aid).

 Pip and Dan: Tough MudderPip and Dan after Tough Mudder

Dan said "Tough Mudder was horrendous but was glad we did it for yourSanctuary, a great cause."

Philippa said: "yourSanctuary is a charity that supports a cause close to my heart and I was happy to be raising money for them... Having done a Tough Mudder before I thought it would be tough but it proved harder than I thought, the electric shocks hurt more than I remembered and the hills we had to run up were steep and seemingly never-ending! yourSanctuary were very supportive with the fundraising side, I attended a volunteer introduction evening which was very informative and they provided us with buckets / collection pots / pin badges, etc. If you are thinking about raising money for yourSanctuary I recommend you do as they are a great charity who do life-changing work."

‘WE DID IT! Thank you everyone so much for helping us to raise such a great sum of money for Your Sanctuary. It certainly was a tough challenge but we helped each other over every obstacle and pushed ourselves hard up some horrendous hills. It took us 3.5 hours to complete the course - all we can say is thank goodness it was followed by a bank holiday weekend!! Smiles, Philippa & Dan’

For more information about this event please click here.

May 2015 Evensong at Guildford Cathedral

Hosted by Canon Chris Rich The Communities Engagement Team & Diocese Of Guildford.

yourSanctuary together with other domestic abuse partners joined together to celebrate the work that we do at a Guildford Cathedral Service.

June 2015 First Give Student competition

yourSanctuary: First Student Give

Students of Rydens Enterprise School, Hannah, Lydia, Marzieh and Tom,  were runners- up in the First Give Competition which is a schools competition encouraging pupils to create campaigns for a chosen charity.  They won £250 for yS. The students were brilliant, and despite some stiff competition, they managed to present the charity’s message really well and make a very good case. Hannah wrote a fantastic poem that she read as a testimonial and it really impressed the audience as well as the judges.


Poem by Hannah (14 years old)

The first time we met, he wore a dark purple scarf,
He was caring and loving and could make me laugh.
But only last week his scarf muffled my screams,
And every night, his abuse invades my dreams.

Fear breathes down my neck and watches me cry,
I’ve started to think that I want to die.
Why did I believe him when he said he was sorry?
My family and friends have reason to worry.

He hit me and hurt me both inside and out,
I thought I was safe but I started to doubt.
He made me do things, he threatened my life,
One evening last month, he pulled out a knife.

I was desperate for support, the help of a friend,
But being with him caused my friendships to end.
I looked for a safe place, somewhere to rest.
Your sanctuary was there for me, their help was the best.

When he abused me, there was no glimmer of hope,
But in under a week, the volunteers helped me cope.
I know they need donations, support from anyone,
To help them and thank them for all they have done.


Other activities that recently took place: various coffee mornings, refurbishment projects in the refuges or a big bake off at the refuge and many more.