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First Light aims to raise £5,000 through the Big Give Match Funding campaign

We’re very excited to announce that First Light has been selected to participate in the Big Give Women and Girls Match Funding campaign taking place next month.

We’re aiming to raise £5,000 to help support our sexual violence services, as more women and girls than ever before are reaching out to First Light after experiencing sexual violence. Your support will help victims of sexual violence to stay safe, exercise their rights and recover from trauma.

We dealt with nearly 3,000 enquiries last year and overwhelmed services mean our waiting lists for vital support are growing. Delays in Police investigations and court hearings also mean that many victims are waiting up to two years for any prospect of closure. Less than 2 in 100 rapes recorded by police in 2022 resulted in a charge that same year, let alone a conviction. This leaves many women and girls struggling to recover from continuous traumatisation.

Any online donations made to us during the seven days of the campaign, 11th – 18th October 2023, via will be doubled. So if you would like to support our work this year, we highly recommend doing so during this campaign week, when your donation will be doubled and make even more of a difference to us. One donation, twice the impact.

At First Light, we don’t believe that anybody should have to wait for support. We need your help to increase our capacity, cutting down waiting lists and ensuring help is there for every woman and girl, whenever they need it.

Watch out for more information to follow in the run up to the campaign.

Safety update for survivors – emergency phone alerts

The government is rolling out a new Emergency Alerts system, designed to warn people about emergency situations (such as extreme flooding).

The system will be tested at 3pm on Sunday 23 April, with alerts being sent to mobile phones accompanied by a loud noise, even if your phone is on silent.

If you are living with an abuser, an alert could put you at risk because it might let your abuser know you have another separate or secret phone.

Refuge has put together a video to show you how to disable the emergency alerts, with versions for both Apple and Android devices.

You can find out how to turn off these notifications here.