Help Baby Bank Network support more families in need with Grow Your Tenner campaign

Baby-Bank-Network-distributes-pre-loved-essentials-to-families-in-needSince it launched in the summer, Bristol Baby Bank has supported more than 30 local families with essential items for their babies and now it needs your help. Baby Bank Network is taking part in the national Grow Your Tenner campaign, a fund matching campaign with Localgiving, which could see a much needed £10,000 raised for the organisation. The campaign launches on October 13 and will end either on November 18 or when all the funds have run out (whichever comes first). During the campaign, one-time donations will be matched pound-for-pound up to £10 and monthly donations up to £10 per month for 3 months. The charitable organisation, which donates pre-loved baby items to families in need, has been working hard to help families referred by health visitors, women’s refuges and refugee organisations and is in desperate need of larger premises to enable it to help even more people. Established in June 2015, it has been relying on a small army of volunteers and donated space at the Big Yellow Storage in St Philips but has quickly outgrown this unit and it had to stop accepting donations. Despite an ongoing search for a larger donated space, volunteers are currently having to store excess items in their own homes while trying to get as many packages out to families as possible. This funding would help cover the costs of larger ongoing storage and allow the Bristol Baby Bank to help even more parents with essentials such as cots, pushchairs, baby clothes and toys. Baby Bank Network co-Founder Becky Gilbert said: “We’re so grateful to everyone who has supported us so far with donations of goods and time, but what we need most now is more space. We have had to limit the number of donations we are accepting and are focussing all our efforts on getting as many referrals completed as possible while looking for new premises – the Grow Your Tenner campaign could be the catalyst for that and there’s never been a better time to donate and support families in need.” Stephen Mallinson, Chief Executive of Localgiving, said: “Local charities are at the forefront of every community, offering vital services and supporting the most vulnerable people in society. Localgiving hopes that through the Grow Your Tenner campaign, more people are able to connect with charities and community groups in Bristol such as Baby Bank Network and offer their support.” To support the campaign, please visit www.localgiving.com/donation/babybanknetwork/monthly

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