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New Baby Bundles scheme to help Trafford mums in need
12:00pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
A SCHEME to help pregnant women and families who find themselves in difficult situations has been launched by the Manchester Trafford branch of the National Childbirth Trust charity (NCT).
The Trafford Little Bundle Project will provide emergency packs of toiletries, clothes and equipment to pregnant women and families who find themselves in difficult situations.
Mums-to-be who suffer domestic abuse or families who lose possessions in a fire are among the parents who could benefit.
Once established, the charity's scheme we will be looking to take referrals from health visitors, social services and Sure Start centres. They will then provide a box of essentials for labour and the first few days for expectant mothers who find themselves in need on a priority basis.
George Nelson, NCT Trafford volunteer and Baby Bundles co-ordinator, said: "Unfortunately some mums in the UK may find themselves in situations where they do not have the money they need to buy basic items for themselves and their new babies.
"Imagine being pregnant and not having any of the things that you need to take to the hospital for birth or not having clothes or nappies for your newborn.
“Imagine that you have to flee from your home due to domestic abuse, or that your house is on fire and you leave with nothing. As a charity with baby clothes and equipment, we are in a great position to do something about that.
"That’s where the Little Bundles Project can step in. It can take time for welfare benefits to come through and women need a few things for themselves and their new babies - maternity pads, breast pads, nappies, a nightie or pyjamas, toothbrush and toothpaste and an outfit for the baby. We're not talking luxuries here - just the basics so a woman can have some dignity."
The charity is now appealing for help via donations to get the scheme up and running.
Anyone who can help volunteer some time or companies and individuals who can offer donations such as toiletries, maternity clothes, pyjamas, baby clothes, small baby toys, nearly new baby equipment should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The charity is also looking for a storage company who can help provide free storage to store bulkier items such as prams, baby baths and high chairs.
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