Bell Ribeiro-Addy, MP for Streatham, recently organised a donation drive for baby bank charity, Little Village, which lead to hundreds of pre-loved items being donated. Donations included several cots, buggies, and moses baskets, as well as hundreds of items of clothing, shoes, toys and books.
The event took place on Saturday 24th April and saw a team of local volunteers, including Ribeiro-Addy and her team, come together to take stock of and organise the huge selection of donations.Little Village, which operates a network of baby banks in London, provides essential items to children aged 0-5, as well as practical and emotional support to their parents. The charity supported over 6000 children last year and anticipates helping over 7000 this year, with issues like rising living costs and expensive childcare affecting the families it works with.
Rebecca Wilson, Head of Programmes at Little Village, said:
“We were blown away by the incredible amount of donations and the support shown to us by the local community in Streatham. We are so grateful to those who donated their children’s items, which are now being sent on to families we support across the capital.
“We would also like to say thank you to Bell and her team for organising this event and to all of the volunteers who gave up their Saturdays to help out.
Donations were transported to Little Village’s new Tooting hub by Brixton-based mental health charity, Mosaic Club House, who provided a van and volunteer driver for the morning.
Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP said:
“As ever we can all be proud of the Streatham community response, with people stepping up to deliver several van-loads of donations to families during a time of acute need for many households in our area.
I’m really thankful to everyone who brought us their pre-loved baby gear, to our fantastic volunteers who processed donations, to Mosaic Clubhouse who lent us their van, and to Little Village for the love, care and effort they put into supporting families facing hardship.”