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Children's group urges shoppers to put them on the list

PUBLISHED: 05:30 15 February 2019 | UPDATED: 10:34 19 February 2019

Volunteers sort donations of good, second hand or new items.

Volunteers sort donations of good, second hand or new items.

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A Great Cornard group helping parents struggling with the cost of clothing, toys and equipment for babies and young children is to get a boost from the Co-op Local Community Fund.

A Moses Basket starter pack for a parent of a new-born who has approached the group for help.A Moses Basket starter pack for a parent of a new-born who has approached the group for help.

The fund has chosen Abi’s Footprints Baby Bank to receive funding for its work supporting families with a new baby or toddler.

The group is part of the New Life Church in Great Cornard and provides virtually everything a baby needs such as good second hand clothes, bedding, cots, high chairs, buggies and much more thanks to donations from the community.

Project co-ordinator Gill Soper said: “We are very grateful for this opportunity to extend our work and to help make a real difference in Sudbury and the surrounding area.”

The group started three years ago in a 20ft container but is now based in a unit at Stour Valley Business Park.

Abi's Footprints receives donations from the community at its base in Stour Valley Business Centre.Abi's Footprints receives donations from the community at its base in Stour Valley Business Centre.

“It’s increased over time as people have got to hear about us and the need for what we provide is also increasing,” Gill said.

“We started off with around two referrals a month and we now get around eight or nine – it could be for just one particular item or it could be for a whole range of things.

“One rule that we have is that we don’t delve into people’s circumstances.

“They are very proud and can feel embarrassed, they don’t like to say too much about why they have come to us, and we will always respect that.

“That pride shows because what we almost always find is that when someone is given something they come and return it to us once they no longer need it. It shows they feel they are contributing back, and that’s important.”

Gill said that with the help of the fund, Abi’s Footprints is also raising extra money for play and sensory equipment for children under five for its activity areas at the free community events run by New Life Church.

Shoppers can help raise funds by buying Co-op own-brand products.

They get a 5% reward for themselves and a further 1% goes to local causes like Abi’s Footprints.

Co-op members can decide which local group they would like to back by going online.

Gill said: “We really hope people will visit the website and choose New Life Church in order to support the Abi’s Footprints Baby Bank project

“When a community comes together we’re able to achieve great things, so we hope you can help promote our project.”

For more information go to the Abi’s Footprints website.

You can also find the group on Facebook and on Twitter with the hashtag @abisfootprints.

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