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With your support, women who escape sexual exploitation and modern slavery have continued to find a warm, welcoming and caring place to stay at Caritas Bakhita House.

This message comes from a guest who, during a yearlong stay, gained the strength to restart her life. The simple gift of a birthday cake was one of many acts of kindness that helped rebuild her belief in herself and others.

'You took me in when my dignity had been stripped away and I had lost hope. You gave me a roof over my head, food on the table and a smile on my face. You have walked with me all along. You have seen my worse days and my better days. Gradually I have risen.

'I have learnt so much. I no longer cover my head in order to hide my shame, because you have taught me that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

'I say special thanks to Anna who made my first ever birthday cake when I turned 40. No words can explain how much I appreciated that.

'God bless you all and thank you. Through you so many women can have a second chance in life.'

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