We’re delighted to reveal that not only have we found a new home – but we’ve secured a grant which covers our rent and business rates for the next three years. It means we can carry on helping families in Bristol for at least the next three years and focus our fundraising efforts on safeguarding the future of the charity.
To celebrate the move, we’re hosting another donations event from 9am-12noon at the new premises at Stoke View Business Park in Fishponds on Saturday 12th November, where we’re asking people to drop off good quality baby essentials as featured on our wishlist, which can then be packaged up and sent to families in need.
The move was made possible thanks to a grant from the Bristol-based Foundation for Children. Foundation for Children was set up in 2010 to help tackle child poverty in the UK and give disadvantaged children opportunities they otherwise would not have. It is predominantly a funding body, which supports community organisations pursuing goals which align with the foundation’s aims. It works with employers and businesses to secure funding.
Baby Bank Network, which was established last summer (June 2015), initially operated out of a donated unit at Big Yellow Storage in St Philip’s but soon outgrew this space. We moved to a temporary premises in Southmead but this grant has enabled us to secure a more permanent 1,800 square foot warehouse in Fishponds.
“We’re over the moon to have a more permanent home,” said Baby Bank Network founder Becky Gilbert. “We cannot thank Foundation for Children enough. We’ve been amazed with the sheer amount of donations parents in Bristol have given us and we’d been making do with what we had until now but were operating under the risk of suddenly having nowhere to store and sort all the items people kindly donate. Now we can relax a little and up our efforts to help more babies in Bristol.”
Stefan Watts, Trustee at Foundation for Children, added: “We are delighted to fund such a well deserving charity that involves the whole community being involved in helping those who need it the most, almost all families have a used highchair or toy that they could donate. We know the charity will do some amazing things over the coming years and we look forward to visiting them in their new home.”