We are extremely excited for our first birthday on June 6th! We are amazed at how far we have come in such a small period of time, it feels like just yesterday when we held our first donation event back in July last year. In August 2015 we had only just helped our first family, and by December we were able to say that we had helped our 100th family. And now, we are officially a registered charity!
To coincide with our birthday, we are launching our nursery fundraiser ‘Bring in a Book for Baby Bank Week’ from 6th-10th June 2016. But most importantly, we would like you to join in!
Books can be a significant part to a child’s upbringing and education. We want to encourage more donations in this area and we’re asking nurseries, parents and children to all get involved with the week.
The idea of Bring a Book for Baby Bank Week came from a few of our volunteers, who noticed that their toddlers responded surprisingly well to a conversation about donating their books and toys to other children who don’t have any to enjoy. This is where nurseries come in; if your child is willing to donate their book to Baby Bank, the aim is that they can bring it to their nursery to donate. Ideally, the book will be suitable for children up to 2 years.
We also see the week as a vital opportunity to fundraise. We are overly grateful for your donations and we are proud to say that we have now helped over 200 families, but there are still items such as mattresses and bottle teats that cannot be donated. We need cash donations to continue to be able to provide as much support as possible to families in need across Bristol. If your child would like to donate their book, we would also appreciate it if you could pop something in the donation pot too.
We see the week as a great way to inspire children to help others in need and we would love for you to get involved. If you are a nursery and choose to support the week, we’ll arrange to collect any donations of books and money. Please pop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
By Tas Warr