You’ve just given birth in a tent in a foreign country. You can’t go back to your home. You have next to nothing with you.
Hope & Aid Direct are now taking a convoy to northern Greece on 9th May (last collection day for West Berks is 4th May) and we want to put as many maternal care packs on that convoy as possible. These packs are given to mothers of babies and women about to give birth by Nurture Project International, an NGO providing a sanctuary for these women in their mother & baby tents, and supporting safe infant feeding in a desperate situation. Around 14,000 people are stuck at Idomeni near the Greek border with Macedonia, and about half are women and children, including pregnant women and newborn babies.
Can you put a pack together to help a mother and baby in need? Can you buy some items to donate to help us put more packs together?
1. For Mother
high energy food (dates, high calorie protein bar, RUTF – must be halal)
light scarf, headscarf
Hygiene Kit (in plastic bag): sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, tissue packet, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb
2. For Baby (please label outside of bag with age and gender of child)
nappies & wipes
baby blanket & small soft toy
3. For children (1 year+)
shorts, summer trousers, t-shirts and sunhats – all in good, clean condition.
large handbags, backpacks, baby carriers, push chairs
maternity & breast pads,
light-weight maternity clothes
anything for a mother’s hospital birth bag
Please no formula, mother teas, galactagogues (food/herb that increases production of breast milk) , bottles, pacifiers, medicines, nipple creams, breast pumps, or food for the baby.
Please do not include any money or personal information.
If you would prefer to make a financial donation you can do this here: https://www.gofundme.com/refugeeaidberks
Drop off points
Drop-off packs and donations at:
NEWBURY: Vets4Pets, Greenham Rd, Newbury Times: 8.30am – 7pm Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm Sat.
EAST GARSTON: Hillsprings, East Garston, RG17 7HW. Call 01488 648534 first if possible.
For alternative times/days, please call 07894 967164 or check the West Berkshire Action for Refugees Facebook page updates.
Volunteer Help Needed
We also need volunteers for 3 different things…
1. Act as local collection points or organise local collections, e.g. at schools. We are asking that anyone who does this takes on the task of rejecting inappropriate donations, sorting what they are given and bringing donations to the store at Vets4Pets, Greenham Road, Newbury.
2. Help sorting and packing at the Vets4Pets store on: Thursday 21st from 12.30-2.30, Friday 22nd from 9.30-11.30, Saturday 23rd from 9 (call 07894 967164 to check end time), Tuesday 26th from 12.30-2.30, Thursday 28th from 12.30-2.30, Friday 29th from 9.30-11.30 and Tuesday 3rd from 12-2.30. A bag packing morning is being organised for Saturday 30th, venue TBC
3. Picking up banana boxes and taking them to Vets4Pets. We use the Fyffes-style ones with the slide-on lids. We have found that Sainsburys generally have them out, so if you shop there, please check every time and pick up as many as you can.
We have 2 1/2 weeks to make this happen! Thank you!