Baby Bank Network celebrates birthday

June 30 2017

A BRISTOL charity launched by a team of mums celebrates its second birthday this month, having helped almost 700 babies in the city.

A BRISTOL charity launched by a team of mums celebrates its second birthday this month, having helped almost 700 babies in the city. 

Baby Bank Network collects pre-loved baby essentials and gives them to families in need - this includes victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, refugees and homeless people as well as low income families. 

Up to now it has been run entirely by volunteers but following a crowdfunding campaign the charity hopes to be able to employ its first member of staff before the end of the year.

Co-founder and trustee Becky Gilbert said: "It’s been an incredible couple of years. When we started collecting a few bits in a donated storage unit, little did we know just how important our charity would become. We now have a warehouse in Fishponds and are helping hundreds of babies in need every year. I'm so proud of what we've achieved.”

Becky, a mum of two, said the group’s aim was to ensure no baby went without the basics. Baby Bank Network currently helps babies under the age of one but has ambitions to extend this to all under fives.

The charity receives referrals from partners such as health visitors, midwives, Shelter, Next Link and Home Start.

Referral partner Amanda Bryant, from the organisation Unseen said the packages that Baby Bank Network gives to the families she helps are instrumental in easing the pressure on new mums. 

She said: “It's been a real lifeline to find a charity that has such good quality second hand baby items that we are able to give the women at no cost to them. They're absolutely thrilled and delighted with the help that Baby Bank Network has given." 

Volunteer and trustee Laura Williams added: "We've been so fortunate to receive a wealth of donations of baby items from families across Bristol but we also need funds to helps us deliver and grow our service.”

The group celebrated its second birthday with a fundraising  family fun day on July 1. 

More information at: www.babybanknetwork.com