Jamie’s running total for Refuge

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A Leighton Buzzard car dealer has now raised more than £6,000 for Refuge, the UK’s domestic violence charity, having completed two London Marathons on their behalf.

Jamie Derbyshire, who owns Free Spirit Automotive, chose Refuge because of a connection with his wife’s family going back many years.

Jamie, pictured, explained: “I know that these people do such great work in this hugely difficult area.”

Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge, said: “Domestic violence is a serious crime that destroys lives. One woman in four experience domestic violence at some point in their life and two women are killed every week in England and Wales.

“Jamie’s fantastic fundraising efforts will help support Refuge to continue supporting 3,000 women and children escaping domestic violence every day.”

Refuge opened the world’s first refuge in Chiswick, West London, in 1971. It is now the country’s largest single provider of specialist accommodation and support to women and children escaping domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse.

Free Spirit Automotive Ltd has been in business for ten years in Leighton Buzzard and last year moved to brand new premises on Chartmoor Road.