Kate Middleton visits the baby Basics UK in Sheffield wearing a floral-print face mask. The Duchess of Cambridge continues to support Baby Banks.
Kate Middleton visited Baby Bank on the 4th of August, wearing a floral-print face mask by the brand Amaia London. The Duchess of Cambridge continued her work in supporting families, helping workers and speaking with families who rely on the service. This is as a part of her long standing work after a trip to Baby Basic UK in Sheffield.
Kate Middleton with face mask for baby banks
Earlier this year, she visited Baby Basics West Norfolk in private after hearing that the baby bank’s need for donations. Then she spearheaded a drive for donations of items for babies from brands and high street retailers. There is John Lewis, Matalan, The White Company and Jojo Maman Bebe which have donated items to Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities, who operate baby banks across the UK.
During the visit, the duchess helped unload pallets of the donations before speaking with families about their experience of baby banks. Kate Middleton said “ Having somewhere to turn to for support is important for all families, and baby banks work every day, up and down the country, to provide immediate, tangible and practical help for parents and carers when they are most in need ”. She added that baby banks are driven by incredible volunteers, demonstrating the power of community spirit in supporting families and coming together to raise the next generation. She also thanks the generosity of the companies taking part in this initiative, baby banks across the UK will be able to support even more families through this particularly challenging time.
Cat Ross, CEO of Baby Basics, said, “ We are thrilled to be part of this amazing initiative from the Duchess of Cambridge. To have the opportunity to highlight the importance of baby banks and the amazing service that Baby Basics Centres across the UK provide has never been more important than at this time when we are in the midst of a national crisis ”. Ross also revealed that so many more families in the UK will need support of a baby bank, some for the first time, and Baby Bank are committed to doing all they can to support them in a way that restores dignity and values parents and their children.
Baby banks during the pandemic
Statistics from a new survey, conducted by Little Village (a charity that provides for free baby clothes and equipment to families in need) show that baby banks across the UK have found a substantial increase in the use of their services during the Covid pandemic. It also revealed that nine in 10 baby banks say the outbreak of Covid is making it harder for them to support families in the way they would like to.
Throughout the pandemic, Kate and other members of the royal family have had to adapt to a change in their royal duties. However, as lockdown restrictions begin to ease, the family is starting to make more in-person visits, always adhering to strict social distancing guidelines.