When Claire Raper founded Bundles of Joy, she was not expecting her small idea to turn into a fully fledged charity supporting hundreds of families in the area.
Bundles of Joy helps families affected by illness, crisis, poverty and those who have fled domestic abuse and, in 2017, it helped over 160 families in the East Riding area.
Claire said: “We distribute essential and useful baby and children’s equipment to people who need it. Having a new baby can be an expensive time, which doesn’t subside as they grow from baby, to toddler, to child. We recognise that, for too many families, the expense of providing for a baby becomes too much to bear, and that compromises are made either on the quality of the baby items themselves, or funds are diverted from other parts of the family budget leaving families vulnerable to debt.”
The specialist baby charity helps bridge the gap between those who have items to donate and the families who would welcome them with each bundle tailored to each specific family. Baby clothing, toys, blankets, prams and moses baskets as well as toys and clothing for older children are distributed to help struggling families manage their limited budgets better. Now Bundles of Joy has also become a haven for accessing emergency supplies when needed.
Claire added: “As a community we are all pulling together to help make a difference. This last year has been an amazing one with 2018 looking the same already. We have just been selected as Hymers College Charity of 2018 which is wonderful news and we look forward to working with them too. I couldn’t do it without the amazing help of volunteer Clare Johnson and my trustees. As a team we are really getting the best out of what we can offer. We don’t do it for a wage, we do it through dedication, care and the desire to help make a difference.”
You can find out more and how to help by finding Bundles of Joy on Facebook or by visiting the website www.bundlesofjoy.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.