Charity in focus: Bundles of Joy

Published: Friday 29th September 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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After only 10 months, Bundles of Joy has transformed from a simple idea into a multi award-winning charity.

Claire Raper founded Bundles of Joy in late 2016, collecting unwanted children’s items and donating them to families in crisis, poverty, and those fleeing domestic abuse.

“I’m a mum of three myself and I know how much stuff you end up having around the house when you have babies. I just thought, there has to be a way of getting these things to people who really need them,” Claire explains. And so Bundles of Joy was born.

Claire works closely with local health professionals, social services, the Refugee Council and Hull Domestic Abuse Partnership.

“These organisations will make referrals of families in crisis, and then we package up a bundle suitable for their needs,” she tells us.

Claire’s hard work and dedication has been recognised across the region. Only last week she nabbed an impressive two awards at The Hull Daily Mail’s Heart of East Yorkshire Awards.

“It was so inspiring to be in a room full of amazing people that were very deserving of being nominated and winning. It was a lovely evening,” she enthuses.

Bundles of Joy won the Charity Champion category and the overall Heart of East Yorkshire Award.

“I keep being told that I need to take a break, but I genuinely love what I do. I just want to continue to make a difference in the community and help people at a time when they most need it,” she says.

In the past ten months, Bundles of Joy has helped over one hundred families. The team sort, launder and clean all the items before assembling them into a bespoke bundle. They accept contributions of good quality books, toys, unused toiletries (for both babies and adults), Moses baskets, prams, clothing, bedding, nappies and cots.

Due to regulations, the charity unfortunately can’t accept things like car seats, breast pumps, stair gates, baby walkers, anything electrical, bottles and formula milk or mattresses.

“We have a very active Facebook page, so feel free to message us on there. And of course, people can contact us via our website. We have a unit in Beverley where everything is stored.”

Meanwhile, you can also help Claire by donating money or time. Many of the items gifted to families have to be bought brand new and it also takes a long time to sort, wash and clean the second-hand pieces. Donating a little cash or a few hours will make an enormous difference to the charity and a local parent.

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Published: Friday 29th September 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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