Baby Bank in need of space and cash

October 30 2015

A LOCAL baby bank, which donates items to families in need, is calling on residents to get behind a campaign which will bring in £10,000 for the charity.

A LOCAL baby bank, which donates items to families in need, is calling on residents to get behind a campaign which will bring in £10,000 for the charity.

Baby Bank Network – co-founded by local women Becky Gilbert and Eva Fernandes – has supported over 30 families, referred by health visitors, women’s refuges and refugee organisations, since its launch in July.

But additional funding is needed for a larger storage space to meet the demand for essentials such as cots, pushchairs, baby clothes and toys.

The Baby Bank Network is taking part in Localgiving’s national ‘Grow Your Tenner’ campaign, where one-time donations, or monthly donations of up to £10 will be matched by the fundraising platform.  

The campaign launched on October 13, and will end on November 18, unless the target has been reached first.

Since its inception this summer, the Baby Bank Network has quickly outgrown its storage space at the Big Yellow Storage in St Philips, with volunteers having to store excess items in their own homes.  

Baby Bank Network co-founder Becky 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, CEO 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, visit: www.localgiving.com/donation/babybanknetwork