Baby Bank Network runners put best foot forward for Bristol 10k

May 30 2017

A group of runners have put their best foot forward to run the Bristol 10k and raised thousands of pounds for families in need.

A group of runners have put their best foot forward to run the Bristol 10k and raised thousands of pounds for families in need.

Volunteers and supporters of Baby Bank Network, most of whom are mums themselves and some of whom have never run in a race before, took part in the annual fundraiser on May 7.

The runners were keen to raise enough money to help provide more than 100 babies with pre-loved items such as cots, prams, clothes and toys their families could otherwise not afford. 

The charity, established in 2015 by Bishopston mums Eva Fernandes and Becky Gilbert, helps about one family a day thanks to donations from local parents and a dedicated team of volunteers. Overheads are relatively low but there are costs which need covering, such as purchasing new items (mattresses and bottle teats) and warehouse rent and bills. 

“We rely on fundraising efforts such as this to help us provide this service to families in need and feel very fortunate to have such dedicated supporters,” said trustee Laura Williams.

More than 12,000 runners took part in the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10K this year. Baby Bank Network had a team of more than a dozen runners and has already raised over £2,500.

“We were inspired by This Mum Runs and got a good group together;” said Baby Bank Network volunteer co-ordinator and runner Georgina Cairns. 

“We helped each other along with training tips and motivation. We know how important it is to raise money to help Baby Bank Network provide support to families across Bristol and feel this is a great way to help with that, it has the side effect of getting us fit as well!”

To donate to the team, visit: www.babybanknetwork.com

Baby Bank Network is launching a crowdfunding campaign in June, as part of the 'Better Bristol' fund-matching initiative, which will double the total raised. 

This will enable them to take on their first permanent part-time member of staff and boost the number of families they can help. In return for donations, supporters will be able to pick from several rewards - including original bee-themed artwork, a unique guide to Bristol created in association with The Bristol Parent and full of discount vouchers for children's activities and products and entry to the big Baby Bank Network Family Fun Day, taking place in Horfield Parish Church Hall from 10am-2pm on Saturday July 1.