Bristol Roller Derby announces SURVIVE as its chosen charity

Bristol Roller Derby will be supporting domestic violence charity Survive throughout 2012, after announcing it as its charity of the year.

The sports league will be collecting donations on behalf of Survive at all of its public events, volunteering at fundraisers and raising awareness to members and fans.

Roller derby is a full-contact, women-only sport played on quad skates. Bristol Roller Derby was established in April 2010 and is growing in popularity; attracting over 500 fans at its last public bout and providing an athletic outlet to its 70-strong membership.

Bristol and South Gloucestershire charity Survive helps women, children and young people who are experiencing domestic abuse. It provides a huge variety of services including a helpline, confidence building workshops and outreach support programmes. It also runs three secret refuges in the region which offer a welcome retreat for those in need.

Anna Smith, chief executive, Survive said: “Survive is thrilled to be named as charity of the year by Bristol Roller Derby, a sport which through its encouragement of women and development of a community of participants embodies many of our principles.  The economic hardship experienced by families currently and the squeeze on public funds means we are facing a greater level of women and children in need and less funds to provide our services, so support from donations and collections is needed more than ever before.”

Brooke Nolan, Bristol Roller Derby spokesperson, said: “Roller derby is an empowering sport for women, and domestic abuse is a cause which is very close to many of our member’s hearts. The synergy between the two makes Survive the ideal charity for us to support and we are looking forward to working in partnership with the Survive team and hopefully making a tangible difference to those who have been effected by domestic violence.”

Bristol Roller Derby will be collecting donations for Survive at its next public bout ‘Dirty Torque’ on Sunday 11th March at WISE Campus, Filton College, New Road, Stoke Gifford, BS34 8LP. For more information on tickets visit www.bristolrollerderby.com/event

For more information, images or interviews with Survive or Bristol Roller Derby please contact Brooke Nolan on brooke@weareplaster.com or 0117 953 0320.