You’ve probably seen our recent drive to raise money via our #teddytenner campaign. This campaign
has not only helped raise enough funds to rent a new space for six months but has also increased the
awareness of Baby Bank Network in Bristol and further afield.
As a new mum myself I was amazed at the generosity of family, friends, neighbours and colleagues
following the birth of my baby boy and felt truly grateful for all the gifts and hand me downs as well
as the help and support. One of the reasons for volunteering for Baby Bank Network is that I wanted
to be able to do something to help others and being through the emotions of having a new baby
recently as well as knowing how much stuff they need and how quickly they grow I decided to help
those less fortunate than me. I can easily identify why people have been so quick to donate baby
items to us and attend our events whereby they can donate but also get a coffee and cake. The
question that fascinates me (especially with a degree in Psychology) is what is it makes people
donate their hard earned cash especially when then are so many great causes out there.
This week I’ve been in touch with some of those that donated money to find out more behind why
they felt that they wanted to support us. There seem to be many different reasons that make people
donate. Anita Marsh was keen to help invest in the future of the charity “I had seen the Baby Bank
Network on both Facebook and Twitter – the cute photos of teddies with a tenner made me smile
and curious! When I realised that this charity has only been up and running a few short months and
is already helping up to 10 families a week in the Bristol area, I wanted to help too and ensure the
future of the service was secured”
Another donation came from Lindsey, a mum of two, who is very much driven by the community
aspect to the work that we do “When times are hard, as a community we pull together to offer a
helping hand. This is what makes us great. I think that Baby Bank is an invaluable charity and I am
very proud to support such a brilliant cause. Thank you Baby Bank for helping us be there for each
Arilda, a mum of one with another on the way said that “it’s great to be able to support a local charity
doing fantastic work helping families in Bristol and making a real difference to people’s lives”.
The #teddytenner campaign has shown that there are many motives for why people donate and also
that charitable giving in contagious. It has been great to see the emotional connection that people
have with the work that we are doing and that has attracted them to help us and the feelings that
our donators are then left with, a recent article in the Guardian did point to the fact that “giving to
others can actually make us healthier”.
We’ve been getting great feedback about the service that we offer and it is monetary donations and
campaigns like this that will allow us to continue to grow and to expand our service within the Bristol
such a short space of time and couldn’t have done it without you.