Brian's pledge wins coveted prize

SaintsshirtRetired engineer and Saints fan Brian Hughes received the perfect Christmas present after lending his support to a campaign aimed at ending domestic violence against women.

Brian was one of hundreds of local men who signed an online pledge to support this year's White Ribbon Day - organised by the White Ribbon Campaign, who campaign globally to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women. Men show their support by wearing the white ribbon.

In St.Helens, Saints star Paul Wellens, sponsored by the St.Helens Safer Communities Partnership, donated his signed 2012 shirt to the campaign  as a draw prize for those signing the pledge. Brian's name was first out of the hat.

"I enjoyed receiving the shirt," he said, "but more importantly I was delighted to support the campaign. I am against any violence towards women, and if I can encourage better treatment and respect toward women among young or older men - then I'm pleased to assist."

Photo Caption: Congratulations…Saints fan Brian Hughes (left) receives his Paul Wellens shirt from Councillor Richard McCauley, Cabinet Member for Environmental Protection and Safer Communties.