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Baby Basics MK is a volunteer-led charity, dedicated to supporting families who are in greatest need in Milton Keynes. They rely on donations of second-hand, but good condition, baby essentials. These are lovingly made into gift packages that give families everything they will need to get started with a new baby, and continue to support them where needed. Click on this link to go to their website
Families may be referred to by health professionals, such as health visitor and midwifes, and local churches.
Members can help support Baby Basics by donating …
- Baby and children’s clothes up to age 5
- Baby equipment such Moses baskets (these can be second hand but will need to have a brand new, still packaged, mattress) and baby baths
- Bedding and baby towels
- New bottles
- Toiletries for mum and baby
If you knit, they are in need of…
- Baby clothes
- Small blankets
- Hats, scarves and mittens for ages 3 – 5
Please remember the volunteers and families in your prayers. Marion Gunning from the Prayer & Spirituality Unit has written this prayer for us…
Heavenly Father, your infant Son was born in a stable then fled into exile with his parents, faced with an uncertain future. Yet He was sent by you as a gift of Love to share with the world; a gift carried forward by Baby Basics today.
We give thanks for everyone involved in Baby Basics, for the work they do, for the care and support they give and the generosity shown by so many who support their endeavours. We pray too for the families who seek their help and ask for your blessing on them as their children grow. We ask this knowing that you care for each and everyone of us.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen
This link (below) is for a for a face mask which you may be able to make. This one has elastic round the ears but the care home I’ve just spoken to would prefer tapes to tie.
You may like to make a mask for yourself or a friend, or ask at you local care home to see if they have a need for more.
Action and Outreach Committee
Now that we are all spending the majority of our time indoors I hope you’re able to help the front line staff in your area.
All nurses, carers and admin staff at care homes have to have a different set of clothes to travel to work in and then have to change into workwear. That workwear has to be put in a bag after work, taken home and washed in the bag.
There’s a great need for cloth bags about the size of a pillow case, with a draw string, for them to use. One of our members has just made 32 for me to take to a local care home and when she’s had a rest she’s going to do some more! The bags should have 72 hours without being used and you mustn’t transport them in a plastic bag, but you can tell the care home the history as you pass them over.
Your church may well have links with local care homes where they go to lead services so I suggest you start by contacting those. I expect doctors’ surgeries also need these bags, but as yet I haven’t enquired. Redundant sheets, quilt covers and pillow cases are ideal to use.
Action and Outreach Committee
A message from Jean Vaughan, Action & Outreach Committee…
When you go our for a meal and are offered a hot towel afterwards, do please ask the waiter what happens to the used ones. I did this in our local Indian restaurant recently and found that the woven towels go into landfill as the company making them doesn’t want them returned!
So now the waiters put them in a pot which I collect weekly. I wash the towels and IRON them when they are dry so that Alison (and anyone collecting for another hospital) has a great source of sterile flannels for the toiletry bags prepared for the patients.
Win Win, as they say.
PS: If there are some that are damaged or too dirty then very probably your local charity shop collects rags for sale. Oxfam certainly does.
Please see the documents and letter from Rosie, (a member from the Churn branch), below for some ideas on fundraising…
Mothers’ Union members in the diocese of Chester produce Angel Pockets which are used in hospital labour suites. These little pocket wraps are used on the sad occasion when babies are stillborn.
The pocket is knitted in 4 sizes, using wool no thicker than 4 ply, in white or any pastel colour. 3 ply or 2 ply is fine especially for the smaller sizes.
Neonatal hospital units use these quilts in a variety of ways. (more…)
Try knitting something different – and useful! Making Twiddle Muffs are a great way to help people with dementia exercise their fingers. Have a go in your branches using this pattern from MU Chester Diocese. You can even ask your local “Knit and Natter” group to make them as a community project. Finished items are welcomed at Care Homes for residents with dementia, anxiety or recovering from strokes. Please remember to add a Mothers’ Union gift label to each item
You’ve unpacked your stuff, found the kitchen and now you are entering into unknown territory; cooking!
We hope that this guide will help you to eat well while you are away from home. In it you will find hints and tips on shopping for food, how to get your “five a day”, and some basic recipes.