By KLTV Newsdesk –
A new Boothroyd ‘Baby Bank’ in Dewsbury says they have been ‘Overwhelmed’ with support from the local community after setting up their new service.
With many parents having been made redundant or put onto the Government Furlough scheme as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, access to essential products has become an increasing issue within both the local and wider community.
After becoming a Community Champion at the beginning of 2020, Mandi Reeve, a former Library Manager and Visually Impaired Resource Practitioner at Boothroyd Primary Academy, started an initiative to help expand the local Academy’s services, by researching ways to further support families throughout the crisis.
As a result, Mandi has established a weekly ‘Baby Bank’ at Boothroyd Academy, allowing parents to come and collect nappies, blankets, wipes and other essential products.
Though the Baby Bank has only been up and running for a couple of weeks, it has already received widespread support and a flood of enquiries about how to donate.
Commenting on the positive response to the initiative, Mandi said: “We’ve had an overwhelming amount of support from people both in the local community and across the world.
“I have people getting in touch from different countries trying to find out how they can send knitted items of baby clothing – in the past few weeks I’ve received well over 100 baby blankets!
“This is an incredibly difficult time for families – especially those with young children – so it’s fantastic to see how the Baby Bank can help to support those who are struggling.”
Boothroyd Academy operates as part of Focus Trust – a charitable multi-academy trust which is based in the North West of England with a vision of providing an engaging and challenging learning environment where the children are happy.
For further information about the Boothroyd Baby Bank and to donate, you can visit their Facebook Page.