Cost of living: The Baby Bank is looking for a permanent site for donations
A CHARITY is looking for permanent accommodation as it continues to help hundreds of people every month.
The Baby Bank, founded in 2015, supports families in need in Slough, the Royal Borough and Buckinghamshire.
Created by Windsor mums Rebecca Mistry and Cllr Amy Tisi, who is now a trustee, the charity is currently run on a weekly basis by Rebecca and Lauren Hall.
Since its inception, The Baby Bank has supported over 16,000 people with essential items, including essential clothing and gear for babies, toddlers and teens.
This year it has already helped 1,367 people with items and since 2020 the number of people the charity has helped has doubled.
After moving from their old site in March, the couple set up camp in a temporary unit on Howarth Road, Maidenhead.
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But they are now looking for a new place to store all their donations in order to continue supporting those in need.
“The charity relies primarily on donations and fundraising events organized by the community,” said Rebecca.
“In the past month alone we have supported over 300 people and we have already seen an increase in the number of referrals reaching us since the cost of living has increased and demand will continue to increase.
Lauren said: “The support we have received from the community has been phenomenal.
“Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by their generosity and the amount some people give us.”
Lauren added that the ideal place to move would be around 2,000 square feet and would be in Maidenhead.
“It would be great to have the space for our volunteer groups to help out on a daily basis,” Lauren said.
“We want to be in a better space where we can be proud to have people come over and maybe even have a cup of tea, which we can’t do right now.”
The charity needs to find a new location by August, when it will have to move from its current site.
Baby Bank is still accepting donations and does not take anything that is broken, stained, damaged or missing parts.
It also does not take any of the following if they have been used: mattresses, car seats, potties, toilet seats, breast pumps or bed bumpers.
If you know of companies that can help The Baby Bank find the perfect building, contact Rebecca and Lauren.
Visit the baby bank to find out more.