Little Bundles of joy at the Big Yellow Self-storage Company in Gloucester

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By Bodger21 | Friday, October 12, 2012, 21:56

A project started by Gloucester mums and grandmothers, which provides a lifeline to local families and parents in need, celebrated a new milestone today.

Since March 2010, Little Bundles, which is part of the Gloucester and District branch of the NCT (National Childbirth Trust), has been helping pregnant women and families in difficulty.

The NCT project, which is wholly run by volunteers, works tirelessly to source and provide much-needed clothing, equipment and toiletries for those mums and families most in need in the Gloucester, Quedgeley, Kingsway and Hardwicke area.

Since its first referral two-and-a-half years ago, Little Bundles has grown steadily to become a much-needed and essential service which now receives several referrals a day from midwives, health visitors, social workers, children's centres and other professional bodies, concerned about the welfare of struggling families.

Its growth has seen an increasing number of donations from generous members of the public, including baby and children's clothing, nursery equipment - such as cots, pushchairs, highchairs, sterlising units, baby carriers, stairgates, bed guards and monitors - as well as new-mother and baby toiletry packs, which include essential items such as nappies, nappy bags, baby wipes, baby bath, lotion and shampoo.

A victim of its own success however, Little Bundles has had one major hurdle to overcome - where to store everything. A problem which a Gloucester self-storage company has stepped in to help with.

Speaking at the official opening of the project's new facility at the Big Yellow Self-Storage Company on Eastern Avenue earlier today, project manager, Laine Lewis, said: "Little Bundles started almost three years ago with about six people in a living room.

"We were, and are, all mums and grandmothers who share one desire - to help struggling families and children.

"It is so good to know that we are helping families and safeguarding children by being able to provide such essential items as stair gates and cots, or a warm winter coat.

"I would like to thank all the referees and our team of helpers, who drive all over the area, picking up and dropping off to make sure that every referral is dealt with as quickly as possible.

"But finally, I'd like to say a huge thank you to Big Yellow, who have been awesome. We are so grateful for everything they have done to help us help as many families as possible."

Before cutting the ribbon at the official opening, city councillor for Podsmead, Jennie Dallimore, said: "I first became aware of Little Bundles when I was trying to help a family in dire need.

"Social services had to remove their child because they didn't have all the necessary and basic essentials required to provide adequate care.

"Little Bundles was able to supply everything that family needed in order for their child to be returned home that night.

"I am very thankful to Little Bundles. They deserve a massive round of applause."

* If you have any outgrown baby or children's clothing, unwanted nursery equipment (must be in good condition), or would like to donate items for the toiletry packs, go to the donations section of the Little Bundles website.

 

For those wanting to drop off any donations, Little Bundles is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, from 9.30 to 12.30pm, at the Big Yellow Self-Storage Company on Eastern Avenue.

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