Donate directly to us

Our sites are taking a well-earned break over the summer.

We will be open to receive donations at St Marks in Balham (Wandsworth) on Mondays, 10am-12pm, from 27th July to 24th August. You can find the exact location on the map below.

St Marks Church
53 Rowfant Road
Balham
SW17 7AP

We will reopen to receive donations at other locations across London from September so if you can’t make it to Balham, please keep hold of your donations until then.

We’re not able to have our usual teams of volunteers in our sites sorting donations, so please help us by following this guide to donating during lockdown to help us get donations out to families as quickly as possible: 

  • We can only accept items on the list below. We have limited space to store items.
  • Please sort your donations before you bring them to us – we have very few volunteers on site due to social distancing and need them to be packing for families.
    • Please bag by age and gender and label the bags
    • Please don’t send us anything that needs washing or repairing; we don’t have the capacity to do that.
  • Do not donate (or ask someone to collect your items) if you are showing symptoms of Coronavirus or if you are self-isolating. We will still need your donations in future so please hold on to them for the time being. 
  • Please follow the principles of social distancing when you are donating:
    • Please leave your donations in the foyer; our volunteers will come and collect it to take it into the main church later.
    • If someone else is donating when you arrive, please keep at least 2m distance. 
  • If you are donating a cot, cotbed or toddler bed, please:
    • Take all the bolts, screws and dowels out and secure them to the cot in a small bag
    • Include the instruction manual (we can’t give out a bed without the instructions). If you no longer have your manual you might find it on this page from our friends at Stripey Stork – please print off the right manual and include it with your cot.     

At the moment we can only accept the following items:

  • Clothes, aged newborn up to age 5-6 ( please sort and bag by age and gender);
  • Moses baskets and sheets (we can’t accept the mattresses, sorry);
  • Cots, cotbeds, toddler beds (with all bolts and instructions);
  • Cot and cotbed sheets;
  • Muslins, towels, and blankets;
  • Changing mats;
  • Breastfeeding pillows;
  • Nappies and wipes;
  • Sterilisers and breast pumps;
  • Double Buggies and buggies suitable from birth (clean and in good working order);
  • Buggy boards;
  • Breast pumps (closed system only);
  • Baths and bath supports;
  • Playmats and babygyms;
  • Baby and adult toiletries (eg baby bath & moisturiser, adult shower gel, shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste for adults and toddlers.)

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