Did you know that you can now support the Baby Bank Network by purchasing a donation pack of essentials for a baby or a new mum at Born and Borndirect.com which will be passed directly to families in need?
The Bristol Baby Bank, co-founded by Born's Eva Fernandes, takes baby items such as clothes, slings and nappies that have been used and loved by parents but are no longer needed, and redistributes them to parents who cannot afford to buy these items new or second hand.
The response that they have had in these first few weeks has been fantastic. It's a simple idea and people have been donating lots already - so much so, that the space they have had donated by The Big Yellow Self Storage Company is already too small.
Until they can find a larger storage space, the Bristol Baby Bank are unable to take any more donations of used items. However, there are other ways that you can donate and you don't need to be local to Bristol to do it!
Visit the Baby Bank Network page at Borndirect and you can choose to purchase a donation pack for a newborn baby or a new mum, or a pack of nappies and wipes - these will be passed via to the referring health or social professional, to a family who are unable to provide these items themselves.
You can also choose to give a financial donation to the Baby Bank Network so that they can supplement or repair donated items, such as teats for bottles, mattresses for cots and moses baskets and new straps for prams and highchairs. For example, £10 buys a new mattress for a moses basket and £50 buys a new mattress for a cot. They can also buy toiletries such as nappies, wipes, and creams for the baby and shampoo, moisturiser, lip balm and other treats for the mother.