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West Norfolk baby charity providing essential items for vulnerable mothers reaches milestone

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A group of volunteers in West Norfolk has helped their 200th new mother this week with all the essentials she and her baby both need in the first few weeks together after birth.

Baby Basics offers help to women who need help and items for their newborns and who may be vulnerable; from teenagers and those in poverty, to asylum-seekers or women fleeing domestic violence.

A Moses basket packed with items such as nappies and sanitary items as well as blankets, clothing, toys, wipes and shampoo is made-up for each new mum in need.

Yvonne Avery with one of the baskets for new mums
Yvonne Avery with one of the baskets for new mums

These mothers are usually referred via the professional health services.

A representative from the charity Maggie Anderson said:“Baby Basics works on the simplest of models but offers such important help to women, many of whom may be incredibly vulnerable.

“Every item given away is donated by someone, or from groups in the community and sorted, checked, washed and ironed if not new, and packed and labelled by our team.”

Baby Basics, which is a nationwide charity, was launched in Sheffield in 2009 when a lead midwife for displaced people was shocked by stories of women who could not afford sanitary wear after giving birth.

A branch was created in West Norfolk at the end of 2015 and is based in St Nicholas Church, Dersingham, where volunteers meet each Tuesday when they work on ensuring no new mum in the borough is without the essentials for her child.

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