Leicester charity Baby Basics raises more than £2,700 for families in need

By Thomas Carter

Volunteers at Baby Basics Leicester, a charity that supports families with young children, have raised more than £2,700 for their cause through an online donation drive.

The campaign, which has reached 92 per cent of its target amount on Crowdfunder, will help families by providing useful baby items such as cots and cleaning products.

Laura Hutchinson, a volunteer at Baby Basics Leicester, said: “We set up in the autumn of 2017 after realising that there wasn’t anything similar to help vulnerable families. 

“In the last three and a half years we have supported over 1,250 families with baby essentials and equipment they need. 

“We work with health professionals and other agencies who make a referral for the family they work with.”

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the charity has continued to receive donations, following safe protocols to ensure families in need can be reached.

Baby Basics Leicester volunteers celebrate reaching 1,000 referrals.

Last year the charity celebrated its 1,000th referral, and is now on the search for a bigger location to run its operations from.

Laura added: “It means a lot to our volunteers that we can try to help as many families as we can. It must be heartbreaking to be in a situation where you are not able to provide for your children.

“Many families we help are isolated and are in very difficult circumstances and knowing the children have clothes, toys and books as well as a safe place to sleep because we can help makes all the difference.

“Other donations (financial and second hand good quality baby items) are always essential to keep our charity going and we have had an amazing response over the last year.”

Baby Basics issues ‘wish lists’ every few weeks requesting items it is short on, and you can find out how to get involved here: www.babybasics.co.uk

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