A pregnancy charity has been awarded £1,000 to help support its work with struggling families.
Anwyl Homes Lancashire has donated the money to the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) Preston, Flyde and District, which will help create packs including nappies, wipes, clothes, blankets, toys, a Moses basket, baby books and toiletries.
The homebuilder has also donated babies, vests, dresses, coats, bibs, nappies and comforting toys to the charity to pass on to families.
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NCT Preston, Fylde and District was relaunched last year by a group of volunteers who met to take an NCT prenatal course over Zoom in October 2020. They quickly formed strong friendships and wanted to offer support to many other future and new parents.
NCT’s Emma Lowry said: “Having a baby is supposed to be a joyous time, but the reality is that it can be extremely difficult and lonely, especially for low-income families.
“NCT is here to support these families to help them give their little ones the best possible start in life.
“By working with health visitors, midwives and family welfare services, we are able to identify families who need support.
“Thanks to donations from local people and businesses, including funding from ‘Love From Anwyl’, we are providing them with baby sets filled with essentials to help them get through those crucial first weeks with a newborn.
“Providing the bundles also helps us share information about NCT, including the work and events we do in and around Preston.
“Our events are a great way for families to meet other people with young babies, develop friendships and support networks.”
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Funding received by NCT Preston, Fylde and District came from the Love From Anwyl community pot attached to houses being built at Lawrence Gardens in the semi-rural village of Barton; Stonebridge Fold, close to downtown Longridge; and the recently completed Bluebell Meadows in Fulwood.
It is a voluntary scheme, offered on top of the local investment agreed during the planning process and has seen £5,000 shared between good causes in the communities in and around where Anwyl is building.
Phoebe Davies, Marketing Manager of Anwyl Homes Lancashire, said: “As a family business, primarily building family homes, it was an obvious choice for us to support NCT Preston, Fylde and District. I have a young daughter myself and understand how important it is to have a good support network around you.
“We are also aware that there has been an increase in the number of families requiring help from food and baby banks as a result of the pandemic and so these baby packs will be much needed.”
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