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Pelican Parcels profile

Project by Pelican Parcels

Total raised £40,303

 
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We provide essentials to families with children struggling to afford the basics. Your support will help us meet growing demand. #BeAPelican

 New stretch target

Any extra funding will be allocated to our ‘Good Night Sleep’ project providing beds for children – there has been a significant increase in bed requests from moses baskets to cots to single beds. We’re currently sending out around 20 single beds every month plus over 20 moses baskets, cots and cot beds (which are always provided with a new mattress). 

£20,000 will enable us to provide new beds, bedding and bedlinen for approx. 230 more children this year. 


Pelican Parcels works in Brighton and Hove to help families get the essential items they need for their babies and children up to age 12. We recycle pre-loved essential items, taking them from families who no longer need them and giving them to those who do.  

The cost of living crisis is hitting families hard. With your help, more children can have clothes that fit, a school uniform or a bed to sleep in. Your donation can ensure parents aren’t watering down formula and have the early years essentials and nappies they need for their babies. 

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In 5 years, we have helped over 20,000 children, pregnant mums and their families. We have seen a huge increase in demand. In 2023 we supported 5,650 children and families in our local community – an increase of 136% in the last 3 years. Sadly, as families struggle with the cost of living crisis demand will increase and it is vital that we continue help them. 

Locally as many as 1 in 3 children are living in poverty. (Citizen's Advice data)

We want to ensure that more children have the essentials they need to give them the best start in life, whilst supporting parents and carers with lovingly put together packages made to feel like gifts. 

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HOW WE WORK 

We have five main projects 

  • Parcels: Essential items for children and pregnant mums (clothing and toys, buggies, beds and nappies). 
  • School Uniform Parcels: Non-branded uniform items, new school shoes, new PE trainers, PE bag, water bottle and stationery. 
  • Christmas and Eid: The festive season is a very hard time for families and giving them something to wrap and give to their children is really important. They receive a present, pjs and a warm blanket. 
  • Foodbanks: We work with foodbanks to distribute nappies and tubs of formula. 
  • Good Night Sleep Project: We give out moses baskets, cots and single beds to children (nearly 5 every week), plus blanket and sleeping bag sets and bedding bundles. 

We collect items, receive referrals and distribute them to those in need 

  • Collect: We have regular open sessions where people drop off items. Our 29 volunteers sort and organise donations ready for redistribution.  
  • Referral: Once referrals and requests for items are received from partners, our volunteers process and package them.  
  • Distribution: Our parcels are distributed by our partners at scheduled visits, through children's centres, foodbanks, schools and charity networks. Partners collect the parcels from our warehouse or we take them to their places of work. 

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 WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP 

Imagine not having the nappies you need for your baby. What would you do if you could not afford clothes, a bed or school uniforms for your child? That is the reality for an increasing number of families. 

The cost of living crisis continues to have an enormous impact on the need for our work. Giving people the essential items they need takes some worries and pressure away. It doesn’t solve the problem but if we can give a family the clothes, bedding or uniform they need it just eases that ‘heat or eat’ decision that they are making.   

Our volunteers take great care to ensure our parcels are personalised and made to feel like gifts. 

The costs for essentials items have gone up.  We’re seeing increasing demand for our services. It costs us more to pay for and distribute these essentials. We need your help today so that we can support those who need help now and so we can continue to support many more for years to come

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT WILL DO 

Our costs are increasing. Like our beneficiaries we are feeling the pinch of rising costs of heating and lighting in our warehouse. It currently costs £10,000 to run the charity for 1 month but we need to grow to meet the increased need. 

Help more families and children. We need to be able to clear our waiting list and ensure we can get items out to families that need them as quickly as possible. We can do this if we reach our £30,000 goal! 

Provide more children’s parcels (£15,000). Support 600 more children with essential items most of which are preloved ensuring their reuse. 

Grow our volunteer programme (£5,000). We could not support so many families without our amazing volunteers. Last year 5,500 volunteer hours saw 5,650 people supported. This money will fund an additional 250 hours from our part-time volunteer coordinator, to help us recruit and train new volunteers and create training materials. Every hour given by volunteers equals another child supported! 

Reach more schools (£10,000). Currently, we support 9 of the 66 primary schools in Brighton & Hove. If we reach our goal will be able to buy and distribute school uniforms and shoes to more schools where they are needed. We aim to partner with 4 more schools (supporting 400 more children). 

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OUR STORY 

Pelican Parcels was founded by Shelley and James Bennett in 2018. They wanted to gift some of their cherished, but no longer used, baby items to a family in need. No service existed locally so they decided to start a charity to provide and recycle children’s items for families that needed them. 

When Pelican Parcels started there were not many baby banks - Little Village (London) hosts a list of baby banks which now has over 200.  

In 5 years, Pelican Parcels has grown to a team of 2 part-time staff, over 25 volunteers and 6 trustees. All dedicated to supporting local families.  

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DONATIONS & REWARDS 

You can donate any amount directly to our Crowdfunder. Or pledge to receive a reward that you’d like or gift to someone special.  

Donate any amount!

Here’s how your money could help.  

£20 = New mum pack with maternity essentials such as breast pads and a new breast pump 

£40 = Nappies and wipes for 1 month for 2 children  

£50 = Formula for 1 month for a baby 

£60 = A complete uniform set for a child including new shoes and new trainers, polo shirts, trousers, jumpers, PE kit and new socks and a PE bag with waterbottle and filled pencil case 

£85 = Single bed and mattress  

£100 = Give 3 children support from Pelican Parcels  

£334 = One day of Pelican Parcel’s activity 

Rewards

We have some special rewards including some from amazing businesses that support our mission who have kindly donated to our campaign. 

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Shoreham-by-Sea (top-left), Brighton Clocktower (top-right), Fancy a walk along the prom (bottom-left), Prom Pavillion (bottom-right).

THANK YOU!!! 

As always, a huge thanks to our wonderful volunteers (we couldn’t do any of this without you!), our staff and trustees, all our partners and the amazing local businesses who have supported us. Thanks to Katie Penfold, Sarah Filbey and Richard Ling for their support delivering the #BeAPelican campaign and Crowdfunder. We’re proud of our community and the heartfelt support we receive to ensure we can support more people in Brighton & Hove.

Thanks also to our incredible match funders The Homity Trust, who have generously given us £10,000 to celebrate their 10th birthday and who have supported Pelican Parcels right from our first year; and also Enjoolata Foundation who are giving £10,000 and have been instrumental in the development of our uniform project. We are delighted to be supported by The Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust for this campaign with £7,500.

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Thank you to Rotary Soiree for their support of this campaign.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£50 or more

#BeAPelican VIP

A massive thanks! Link to our #BeAPelican playlist and colour-in Pelican for your window. Plus! Become a VIP of Pelican Parcels where you’ll receive exclusive invites, content and special surprises!

£20 or more

JOIN #BeAPelican

A massive thanks! Link to the Pelican Parcels playlist and colour-in Pelican for your window.

£20 or more

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SIX SECOND SCRIBBLES GAME

This popular family game from Gamely challenges you to draw 10 things from a given category in 60 seconds. It’s as tricky as it sounds and leads to some brilliant, hilarious and often questionable art!

£20 or more

1 of 10 claimed

FROZEN UNICORNS GAME

This family game from Gamely is a brilliant new take on charades. With varying difficulty levels, creating frozen creatures and characters will keep everyone guessing (and !aughing!).

£20 or more

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SOUNDICULOUS GAME

A gloriously silly, family-friendly party game of ridiculous sounds from Gamely. The aim of the game is simple - get the most points by making ridiculous sounds and guessing what sounds other players are making.

£20 or more

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SOS SAVE OUR SPECIES GAME

For ages 7+, players must race to build and protect biomes before disaster strikes. Featuring stunning images and fascinating facts about the natural world.

£20 or more

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VISIT PARADISE PARK

Paradise Park’s charming gardens are a exquisite haven, featuring several small lakes, waterfalls, and fountains. This rewards entitles you to one adullt ticket

£20 or more

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COMMUNITY BAKED BREAD

This voucher will give you 4 loaves of bread spread across 4 visits to the wonderful Stoneham Bakehouse.

£25 or more

1 of 2 claimed

DUKE OF YORKS TICKET

Watch a film at one of the oldest cinemas in the world - and a Brighton institution! This reward entitles you to one seat at a film of your choosing.

£30 or more

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BRIGHTON PALACE PIER

Unlimited rides ALL DAY on everything at Brighton Palace Pier! This reward will get you one wristband. Prebooking required at least 1 day in advance.

£30 or more

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VISIT DRUSILLAS PARK

Enjoy a ZOOPER day out that includes fabulous zoo, family rides, adventure playgrounds, and more! 1 free child (under 16) tickets for entry to the Park only, when accompanied by at least one person paying an entry admission rate. Eligible to be used at any time of year (excluding character event days - see website for excluded dates). Valid until 31 December 2024.

£30 or more

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MEGA GAMES BUNDLE

This special bundle includes four incredible games: Six Second Scribbles, Frozen Unicorns, Soundiculous and S.O.S. Save Our Species. Retailing at £56, this is a bargain that’ll keep all the kids entertained this summer!

£40 or more

1 of 2 claimed

THE BRIGHTON ZIP

Experience a thrill like no-other! Have a go on the longest zipwire on the south coast, offering panoramic views of Brighton seafront, Palace Pier, the Seven Sisters and beyond! Tickets are for a Dual Ride for 2 people to ride together.

£60 or more

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SILVERADO JEWELLERY VOUCHER

Treat yourself or gift your loved ones a £50 voucher from Silverado, home of designer contemporary jewellery. Valid until March 2025.

£70 or more

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SHOREHAM-BY-SEA PRINT

Inspired by scenes across Brighton, each piece is a limited edition created by artist Noel Pannett.

£70 or more

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BRIGHTON CLOCKTOWER PRINT

Inspired by scenes across Brighton, each piece is a limited edition created by artist Noel Pannett.

£70 or more

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FANCY A WALK ALONG THE PROM PRINT

Inspired by scenes across Brighton, each piece is a limited edition created by artist Noel Pannett.

£80 or more

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SILENT DISCO KIT HIRE

Host your own silent disco for up to 15 people with kit from Hush Beats Silent Disco. Play music from your phone or laptop. Battery powered, no plugs required! (Delivered within Brighton & Hove)

£100 or more

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#BeAPelican WAREHOUSE VISIT

Up to 6 people will spend the day at Pelican Parcels. You'll meet the team, see how everything works and have the opportunity to pack parcels that will be sent out to local families. We’ll put on a nice spread for lunch too!

£20 or more

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PELICANO COFFEE

A bag of Pelicano Coffee's popular "Smokey Bird Espresso Blend", their 'house' seasonal blend sourced from 3 origins.

£20 or more

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VISIT FISHERS FARM

A family run farm park set in the beautiful West Sussex countryside. Offering a huge selection of indoor soft play, farm animals and rides for the whole family to enjoy. This reward entitles you to a ‘Child Goes Free’ voucher (must be accompanied by a paying adult).

£30 or more

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BOUQUET OF FLOWERS

A beautiful bouquet of flowers from Forget-Me-Not Florist. To the value of £25 with free local delivery. Valid until July 2025.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

DONATELLO/PINOCCHIO VOUCHER

Treat yourself or your loved ones to a meal at Donatello or Pinochhio with a £30 gift voucher. Valid until March 2025.

£40 or more

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VISIT WASHBROOK FARM

Sussex family run farm, offering indoor and outdoor play for children with traditional farm animals and a family friendly tea room. Complimentary pass which admits 2 adults and up to 4 children. Valid until 24 December 2024.

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

PROM PAVILLION PRINT

Inspired by scenes across Brighton, each piece is a limited edition created by artist Noel Pannett.

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

WINE TASTING & TOUR

For two people, escape to the vineyard for a relaxed tour and tasting at Ridgeview Wine’s breathtaking estate in the South Downs National Park. Valid until July 2025.

£80 or more

1 of 1 claimed

PRIVATE SOUND BATH

Treat yourself to a relaxing sound bath from Resounding.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

TEA BLENDING WORKSHOP

Join Bird & Blend for a wonderful and traditional tea tasting session & mixology workshop, with this voucher for 2 kindly donated by Bird and Blend. Valid until March 2025.

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