The E5 Baby Bank was set up in June 2020 to provide struggling families with clean clothes, toys, nappies and other essential items.
So far, we have supported over 250 families from Hackney and surrounding boroughs. To continue this work we need your help to set up a permanent home for the Baby Bank. We are fundraising for two portacabins from which we can store donations and run the Baby Bank.
E5 Baby Bank story
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the E5 community in partnership with the Clapton 7th Day Adventist Church began collecting and providing families in need with clean clothes, toys, nappies and other essential items.
After a busy summer setting up the E5 Baby Bank and running it from aisles of the Clapton 7th Day Adventist Church, we now need to build a permanent home for the Baby Bank operation before the Church reopens to it’s congregation in January. The Church has kindly offered its grounds for us to install two portacabins so we can continue our work with their support.
We anticipate it costing £11,000 to buy and install the portacabins. We have already raised £4,000 and need to raise a further £7,000. Your donation will directly fund the purchase and installation of these portacabins.
Why does Hackney need a Baby Bank?
Hackney is one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK and coronavirus has only made things more difficult for parents struggling to provide the essentials.
- Referrals to Hackney’s Domestic Abuse Intervention Service increased by 60% during the pandemic.
- Local Food Banks have seen demand for their services more than double since the beginning of lock down in March and only expect this demand to increase in the next 6 months.
- Over 750,000 people across the UK lost their jobs over lockdown with figures expected to rise in the coming months as government support tapers down.
The Baby Bank receives referrals to help people in the following situations:
- Single parent families
- Families escaping domestic violence
- Migrant families
- Parents who are unemployed or have been put on furlough due to the pandemic
- Families who have become homeless
- Families who are coping with substance abuse and alcoholism
- Mothers who have recently left prison
- Families with problem debt
By helping us build a permanent home for the baby bank you will ensure that we are able to continue collecting and providing essential supplies for local families.
More information about the E5 Baby Bank
The baby bank is being incubated within the South England Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, registered charity number 1045587, pending its registration as a separate charity. All donations to the church will be held for the benefit of the baby bank and unspent funds will be transferred to the new charity once it has been registered.