BUSINESSES in York are pledging to back a charity supporting anyone affected by domestic abuse this Christmas.

The campaign from IDAS is asking businesses to think about those escaping domestic abuse who might be spending Christmas in an IDAS refuge. Participating businesses are donating a percentage of their proceeds throughout the month of December.

York-based Yogabomb owner, Lou Harrand, has pledged to donate £1 for every person who attends a class at its Bootham studio - stating the firm is “proud” to offer its support to IDAS.

Meanwhile, owners of The Bluebird Cafe in the city, Nicky and Al Kippax, are supporting the campaign by donating 10 per cent from all their ciabatta loaves.

“It’s hugely important that we give our backing to such a worthwhile cause - helping to raise awareness and financial support to people subjected to domestic abuse and violence,” said the pair.

Owner of interior design service Upside Down Design, Carole, will donate £1 for every mug purchased next month.

She said: “As a business we try to support charities and initiatives, so we are proud to support IDAS and survivors of domestic abuse.”

Other York businesses which have already pledged to support IDAS include The Vintage Rose, The French House, Capelli Hair Salon, Watson and White and The Wellness Kitchen.

IDAS CEO Sarah Hill said: “We are asking people and the business community to donate to our Christmas campaign so that we can keep supporting people subjected to abuse and violence, to rebuild their self-esteem and support children who have been impacted to recover from their experience.”

This year, IDAS has supported more than 10,000 people in Yorkshire and responded to more than 22,000 helpline calls.

If your business would like to get involved, visit the IDAS website.