Yate pop-up shop raises £9,000 for hospital
A POP-UP shop opened by mums to help families using maternity facilities at Southmead Hospital has raised more than £9,000.
The Yate Baby Pop-Up Shop was run through March and proved so successful, organisers would like to open one permanently.
Emma Doney and Claire Whipp, who came up with the idea, were supported by a group of mums who had the drive to get things done. While the shop was up and running from March 4 to 29, they had their babies with them most of the time, as many of them were on maternity leave.
They enlisted the help of both the Chipping Sodbury WI groups, and the Chipping Sodbury and Yate rotary clubs. The charities were extremely enthusiastic about the idea – one member of the WI had had her twins at Southmead 40 years ago. They all helped to run the shop, while donations were collected from all over South Gloucestershire.
Emma said: “We couldn’t believe the community spirit behind the project. As soon as people started engaging with it, we felt like it might be a success.
“We helped a lot with the big lunch, so we knew there was a strong community spirit in Chipping Sodbury, and that is why we moved here.”
Claire said: “The people who got involved were what made it. We had people in their 70’s helping in the stock room, helping us with our babies.
“Hopefully if anything it shows midwives that we really value what they do, and we want to give something back.”
On the first day alone, the shop made £840 and it stayed busy throughout the month.
Southmead Hospital Charity corporate and community manager Adrian Brown said: “Emma, Claire and their team of supporters have done something amazing in bringing together a group of people from the Chipping Sodbury and Yate community to create something truly remarkable for our charity.”
“The charity and the maternity team at Southmead Hospital are hugely grateful for the hard work that everyone involved put in to the Baby Pop Up Shop. All the proceeds will go to our maternity fund and will help support projects to make life even better for our mums and babies.”
Picture shows a group of the volunteers who made the pop-up shop a success, including mums with their babies.