Baby Pop Up shop comes to Yate shopping centre
MUMS on maternity leave have organised a pop-up shop in Yate to raise funds for parents who are in hospital waiting for the birth of their baby.
Emma Doney and Claire Davis are leading the project, which involves 12 mums who will run the shop throughout March.
Emma said: “Staff do everything they can to ensure the very best care for patients, however, currently many mums and dads-to-be are cooped up on the ward for weeks on end, with limited entertainment and distraction from their impending induction of their babies.
“This can be a stressful time and research has shown the more relaxed a mother is, going into labour, the less likely she will endure a long or complicated labour.”
The fundraisers have obtained grants from Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club and Ian Williams Property Management to cover their costs. Thornbury Self Storage and 29 Design Studios have provided sponsorship, while Chipping Sodbury Morning WI members have agreed to help out at the shop. National companies Orange Tree Toys, Lollidays clothing and Little Life have provided items for sale.
Any money raised will go to the North Bristol Trust Maternity Fund to benefit maternity wards at Cossham, Southmead and St Michael’s Hospitals. Although Southmead Hospital has recently been revamped at a cost of £430 million, the maternity ward, gynaecology, neonatal intensive care unit and obstetrics were not included.
Emma said: “It therefore has fallen to us to make improvements to patient experience in the meantime.”
The group is looking for donations to sell at the shop; children’s clothes age 0-10 years, nursing and maternity clothes, feeding, sleeping and changing equipment, toys, books, DVDs, cots and prams. It is unable to accept car seats.
Donations can be taken to Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church from 9am to noon each weekday except Wednesday and to the baby hubs at Ridgewood Community Centre in Yate on Mondays from 10am-11.30am and to Cranleigh Court Children’s Centre Yate on Wednesdays from 9.30am-11am.
The Baby Pop Up Shop will be open at 18 North Walk from March 4 to 29 from noon to 4pm each weekday, except Wednesday. It will also host a drop-in free story time event on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm, aimed at the under-3’s.
WHERE YOU CAN DONATE:
- Thornbury Baptist Church, BS35 2EG, anytime during opening hours
- Emerson's Green Village Hall, BS16 7AP, anytime during opening hours
- Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church, BS37 6AH 9am-noon each weekday except Wed
- South Glos Baby hub, Ridgewood Community Centre, Yate BS37 4AF, Mon 10am-11.30am
- South Glos Baby hub, Hanham Methodist Church, BS15 8SD, Tues 1.30pm-3pm
- South Glos Baby hub, Cranleigh Court Children's Centre, Yate BS37 5DP, Weds 9.30am-11am
- South Glos Baby hub, Cadbury Heath Children's Centre, BS30 8AA, Thurs 1.30pm-3pm
Picture shows Pop-up shop organisers Emma Doney (left) and Claire Davis (right) with Lisa from Little Pickles Markets (centre).