Menu

Preston baby bank makes urgent appeal for preloved cots

Posted on - 21st September, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Health, Preston News
Soft toy in a cot Pic: congerdesign from Pixabay
Pic: congerdesign from Pixabay

A Preston baby bank is appealing for preloved cots for families in need.

Advertisement

Baby Branches, which was established in 2018, aims to reduce child poverty by collecting preloved baby items and redistributing them to families in need.

Lately the charity has been inundated with requests for cots.

A Baby Branches spokesperson said: “Thanks to our generous donors, we’ve been able to give out eight cots with new mattresses in the last few weeks, but we have another seven outstanding on our waiting list.

“One baby we know of is on a mattress on the floor because the family can’t afford a cot. Another is in a moses basket she’s far too big for.

“So we’re asking anyone who can help – if you have a cot you no longer need, or know someone who does, please consider donating it to us.”

Read more: How this Preston woman is fighting child hunger with free breakfasts

In addition to redistributing goods, Baby Branches supports families by offering a sense of community and engagement with other services that may be of use.

The spokesperson said: “We saw that austerity was hitting families hard. We heard more and more stories of babies and children being forced to go without. We didn’t think this was right so we decided to do something about it.

“Now we work alongside local organisations, such as health visitors, social workers, the Children and Family Wellbeing Service, children’s charities, and domestic violence centres to make sure donations go to where they are most needed.”

Read more: New business Nourish and Flourish aims to improve wellbeing of Preston mums

Baby Branches can arrange collection of donations, or you can drop items off at Morrisons Riversway or Monkey Magic in Bamber Bridge. Visit the Baby Branches website or follow on Facebook for more information.

Can you help Baby Branches? What do you think of the work the charity does? Let us know in the comments below.

Share
Preston in pictures Serene scene down on the river at PrestonEntrance to Winckley Square GardensWoodlands walk in PenworthamSir Tom Finney sculpture in PrestonPreston Telephone BoxesMoor Park laneOld corner house near Avenham Park, PrestonSemi festive flag market at Preston View more Advertisement Subscribe to the newsletter

Sign up below to receive Blog Preston's weekly newsletter. It wings its way into inboxes every Sunday rounding up our best content from the last week and a look ahead to what's happening.

Advertisement News by location

Find news by location, select an area of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.

Advertisement Categories

Find news by category, select an category of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.