- Date 15 Apr 2018
Hate ironing? As part of our "reclaim your free time" campaign, we are offering an ironing service. Bring your crumpled laundry to the Trinity Centre from 8am on any Wednesday and Thursday and Mandy will iron out the creases. Payments to be paid prior to collection via online, cash or card in person.
More about Mandy and why she launched her ironing service
I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Mandy Beavis. I am now your resident ironer. I will iron your weeks’ worth of shirts and blouses, offering same day turn around at a very competitive rate!
I am working out of a room in The Trinity Centre and will be there every Wednesday and Thursday for the moment, increasing my days in line with demand.
A brief history to why I am doing what I am doing……
For over 25 years I have worked in Healthcare in various capacities.
In 2017 I was given the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Kurdistan in Iraq to work with Yezidi people that have been displaced by ISIS but more specifically young girls and ladies. These young girls and ladies have suffered unspeakable horrors at the hands of this terrorist group. All will have been raped, abused, tortured. There are still over 5000 girls in captivity.
Many have babies. Yezidi leaders require that all women and girls kidnapped and raped by ISIS give up their babies immediately at birth or upon release from captivity. Some have up to 3 babies and obviously want to keep them.Hundreds of innocent babies are being stolen, abandoned, killed or allowed to die in Iraq because they are rejected by the Yezidi leaders.
Babies of rape cannot get ID’s or passports so they cannot escape with their mothers to other countries and foreigners cannot adopt in Iraq.
The project I am involved with runs a recently opened Safe House for these mum’s and babies. The girls themselves need such a lot of emotional and practical support when they have either escaped or been released and the babies need to be protected.
After my initial visit, I knew that my life had been changed forever and that I had to do whatever I could to make a small difference in the lives of these girls, ladies and babies. I had been so ignorant to what happens in the Middle East and knew that most people would probably be in the same boat as me.
I felt so strongly that awareness and funds needs to be raised that I decided to give up my full-time job and start my own business doing the ironing. All profit that comes from the ironing business will go directly to the Med East Project in Kurdistan Iraq. This will go directly to help and support the project.
I have been fortunate enough to have been able to return 2 more times since my initial visit and I plan on returning as often as I can.
I would love to chat more with you about this and am happy to answer any questions you may have. You know where and when to find me.
I would love you to help me, to help you, to help the ISIS survivors.