News: New home for Bristol Baby Bank Network

Bristol24/7, November 7, 2016

A volunteer-run charity which distributes donated baby clothes and equipment to families in need has moved into a new warehouse, thanks to a grant from Foundation for Children.

Bristol’s Baby Bank Network received £36,000 from the foundation and will use the money to pay for rent and business rates for three years on the new unit in Fishponds. It means that the volunteer-run charity has a secure space to collect and store donated items.

Baby Bank Network, which was established last summer, initially operated out of a donated unit at Big Yellow Storage in St Philip’s before moving to temporary premises in in Southmead but this grant has enabled the charity to secure a more permanent home in Fishponds.

Since it launched it has helped more than 300 families in the city by distributing donated baby clothes and equipment.

“We’re over the moon to have a more permanent home,” said Baby Bank Network founder Becky Gilbert. “We’ve been amazed with the sheer amount of donations parents in Bristol have given us and we’d been making do with what we had until now but were operating under the risk of suddenly having nowhere to store and sort all the items people kindly donate.

“Now we can relax a little and up our efforts to help more babies in Bristol.”

Stefan Watts, trustee at Foundation for Children, added: “We are delighted to fund such a well deserving charity that involves the whole community being involved in helping those who need it the most, almost all families have a used highchair or toy that they could donate. We know the charity will do some amazing things over the coming years and we look forward to visiting them in their new home.”

Read more: Baby Bank Network launches in Bristol 

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