The Plymouth Ladies Charity Club today donated more than 30 shoeboxes filled with special gifts for the children cared for by Trevi House, the local women’s charity supporting women in recovery from addiction. 

The colourfully wrapped presents were delivered today and filled the charity’s therapy lodge.  Mothers who are current residents at Trevi, had tears in their eyes as the gifts were unloaded, overwhelmed by emotion at the generosity shown by the Plymouth community.

One mum stated: “I cannot believe that strangers who we have never met have come together to donate such wonderful gifts.  You would never see this in the city that I came from. It’s just amazing.”

Hannah Shead, Chief Executive Officer of Trevi House, said: “For some of our women, they are literally on the breadline.  Being able to be given the opportunity to give their child a gift this Christmas thanks to the local generosity of the Plymouth community means the absolute world to them.”

Trevi House is a charity aspiring to ensure every woman is given the opportunity to heal, grow and thrive.  Trevi’s rehabilitation facility is the only one of its kind in the UK – exclusively for mothers and children to stay together during treatment - and its rehabilitation programme has a striking success rate with 95% of women remaining substance free and almost 7 out of 10 children staying with their mums. 

“This year we launched our Christmas Campaign #Trevi Christmas.  The campaign shares some of the shocking statistics today around the number of children in care and the rise in addiction in the UK.  Trevi House is the only place where mothers can attend rehab with their child and we need donations to ensure we can reach as many women and children as possible and give them the chance to stay together. 

“This year our campaign has reached the other side of the world and has even received donations from the USA.  It’s been heart-warming.  We are so grateful to the Plymouth Ladies Charity Club for their kind donations and everyone who has supported us so far – their generosity has brought huge smiles already.  We hope their acts of kindness inspire others to follow.  Just £10 could make a huge difference and help a child and their mum make special memories this Christmas."

Trevi House also operates an outreach centre, The Sunflower Women’s Centre.  The Sunflower Women’s Centre is a trauma-informed women’s wellbeing hub, providing opportunities for any woman who has support needs. Using a whole-system-approach, women receive support in addressing and resolving substance abuse, childhood trauma, criminogenic behaviours, domestic violence or poor mental health.  90% of women supported by the Sunflower centre say it has been a lifeline.

The presents donated today will be split between the children cared for by Trevi at its residential rehabilitation centre and its outreach Sunflower Women’s Centre.  Mothers will be able to give their child their special gifts on Christmas day.

To support #TreviChristmas and help change the lives of more mums and their children, you can find out more and make a donation by visiting: or calling 01752 255 758.