Frasers, the leading specialist retailer of quality branded handbags, accessories and luggage, will once again be collaborating with the Handbag Project in August 2014. An initiative founded by Jessica Foord of The Jes Foord Foundation (JFF) and supported by The DNA Project, the programme arranges for rape survivors to be given new or used handbags containing basic toiletries. Frasers’s decision to support the Handbag Project, in honour of Women’s Month, for a second year is a result of the overwhelming support received in 2013.

Having been a victim of rape herself, Jessica Foord established the Handbag Project to provide comfort to rape survivors during the initial reporting process at police stations. Each survivor is given a handbag containing items such as a facecloth, soap, deodorant spray and new underwear; the aim being to provide a sense of support to the survivor after her ordeal. The Handbag Project currently survives on donations from corporations and individuals, with a team of volunteers collecting, packing and distributing the handbags to police stations.

Throughout August, Frasers stores will promote the Handbag Project by inviting customers to donate their used handbags to the organisation. For each donation made, the customer will receive a 15% discount on any Frasers handbag purchase. All collected handbags will be donated to The Handbag Project at the end of the month.

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