USW Midwifery students set up ‘Little Bank’, a baby essentials donation initiative

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Student midwife Tracey James came up with the idea to start ’Little Bank’, an initiative enabling people to donate baby essentials at local hospitals. The items are collected and distributed to nearby food banks.

Tracey shared her idea with the students on her midwifery course, and they have supported her with the effort. They’ve helped many families in South Wales through difficult times.

Tracey talks about ‘Little Bank’ for International Day of the Midwife.

"After walking my little boy to school, in November 2020, I noticed a sign at the local food bank. They were asking for essential items such as pasta, tins, washing liquid etc. I wondered if anyone had thought to donate baby essentials. As a student midwife, I felt this was something I could help with, and so that's how Little Bank started.

I’m lucky to be part of an amazing cohort filled with very kind, generous people. When I approached them about the idea of starting our own ‘Little Bank’, the whole group were on board and willing to help. I’m so proud this has been a joint effort.

As a cohort, we were about to go out on placement. Being split between health boards and hospitals, we had the chance to place collection boxes at different locations. These were Prince Charles Hospital, Princess of Wales Hospital and The Grange University Hospital. We were also able to locate one at the University for the other cohorts and staff to donate.

Staff and mentors supported us to spread the word, and boxes began to fill up very quickly, with nappies, baby formula, wipes and cotton wool etc. The response we received was amazing. We distributed the boxes evenly between various food banks, helping families at a difficult time. The support and enthusiasm from all involved was heart-warming, and it was uplifting supporting the families we had the privilege to provide care to.

We recently completed our second collection, and we distributed it locally. The items were received with gratitude. I’m hoping to arrange another collection in May/June this year. So, if you happen to stumble across one of our boxes, please feel free to donate and help support our ‘Little Bank’ as we feel every bit, most definitively, helps.

We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has already donated and thank you in advance if you wish to contribute in the future."