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A real-life fairy godmother is using her maternity leave to help Preston’s families

Posted on - 23rd October, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, People, Preston News
Jacqueline's baby with a selection of the donations
Jacqueline’s second born – the “Fairy Godbaby” – with a selection of the donations

A Hoghton mum is using her maternity leave to run a baby bank helping struggling families.

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Jacqueline Winslow had her second baby in August, and created the Fairy Godmother Preston initiative just a few weeks later.

She said: “It all started when I realised I had a tub of formula I didn’t need, and I thought it would be nice if I could give it to someone who might be struggling to afford it. Then I ended up with a few other items so I set up my Fairy Godmother Preston Facebook page and requested donations.

“The response to my request has been fantastic. There are people who don’t have any children who have gone out and bought items. And there are so many people who don’t have a lot themselves who could have sold items, but who have donated to help others instead.

“Meeting so many wonderful, selfless people every day is honestly so unbelievably heartwarming.”

Read more: Preston baby bank makes urgent appeal for preloved cots

After receiving so many donations, Jacqueline is now hoping to reach more people who would benefit from the service.

“At the moment I’m taking donations to various women’s refuges and places that offer supported housing for young parents.

“I’d like to help more individuals who are pregnant or new parents who are struggling.

“I have lots of lovely warm clothes, blankets, nappies, wipes formula, cots, prams, Moses baskets, travel cots, baby bouncers, walkers, etc. that are waiting for new homes.”

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

If you or someone you know would benefit from receiving items from Fairy Godmother Preston, contact Jacqueline by sending a message to the Facebook page, or via Messenger at m.me/fairygodmotherpreston.

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