A WOMEN'S refuge in Bishop Auckland has appealed for donations so it can make the festive season better for families it is supporting.

Wear Valley Women's Aid, which supports women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse, hopes to make Christmas as happy and bearable as possible for its residents.

Staff want to provide Christmas treats, chocolates, selection boxes and gifts and hope to give Christmas Eve boxes to mums and children.

Anyone who thinks they can help or who wishes to make a donation is asked to drop items off, by prior arrangement, by calling 01388-600094. It may be possible to arrange collection.

A spokesperson thanked supporters.