A North Devon womens refuge charity has won a regional award for its work a year after its funding to run the service was withdrawn.Judges of the Lloyds Bank Foundation 2015 Charity Achievement Awards were impressed by North Devon Against Domestic Abuses (NDADA) triumphant comeback after losing out on a three-year Devon County Council contract. The charity which at the time had eight mums and 14 children staying in its Barnstaple refuge has won the Against the Odds South West award in recognition of the work it has done to keep the service going. Susan Wallis, chief executive of NDADA, which has delivered domestic abuse services in North Devon for nearly 40 years, said the charity was delighted with the award. Its wonderful; for us to be singled out for an award like this is absolutely brilliant; were chuffed to bits. We lost our funding at the beginning of 2014 but have done so much work with the community over the last year or so and it is really paying off. We are very much a community organisation offering community services that no-one else does and the response over the last year has been magnificent. We have been able to sustain services in the refuge and our other community services. Over the last year, we have engaged with 400 women in North Devon and Torridge only 60 fewer women than the year before. The charity opened the Restore Charity Shop in Boutport Street in 2013 and then Restore Junior, also in Boutport Street, in Easter 2014. And there was good news for the charity earlier this year when the Government approved a £200,000 funding bid submitted by North Devon and Torridge district councils. Nearly 1,000 small and medium sized charities entered this years competition and each of the finalists will receive £1,000 for winning the regional heat. A panel of judges will announce the overall winners at a national ceremony being held at Banking Hall, the historic central London headquarters of Lloyds Bank, on October 8.