Leeds Baby Bank welcomes donation from housebuilder

A charity in Leeds that provides families with baby and child essentials has received a £1,000 donation from local housebuilder Persimmon.

Leeds Baby Bank, based in the St John’s Centre in Leeds city centre was established in 2017 to provide parents with baby essentials such as nappies, clothes and sanitary products.

Having successfully applied for a donation via Persimmon’s Community Champions scheme, manager Ellie Brown this week took receipt of a cheque for £1,000 from Persimmon West Yorkshire Managing Director Christopher Hull in the company of Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn.

As well as providing families with baby supplies, the charity seeks to reuse items to create a more sustainable city by accepting pre-loved items like clothing and prams.

The donation from Persimmon will help the charity purchase essential items such as nappies, milk, wipes and toiletries.

Leeds Baby Bank works on a referral-only basis and is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9.30 am and 3 pm and Friday from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

They also visit Dewbury Road Community Hub & Library on the third Thursday every month, 10am-12pm to offer offering support to people to access support services, community activity and longer-term support. They also gift families an essential top-up of items like nappies, wipes, formula and toiletries.

Ellie Brown, Charity Manager from Leeds Baby Bank, said:

“We are over the moon to be awarded this Community Champions donation from Persimmon which will be used to help local families in Leeds who are experiencing poverty.

“As a grass-roots charity, this funding makes a big difference to us and we’re grateful for Persimmon’s support. A BIG thank you from the Leeds Bank team.”

Attending the cheque handover, Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central, commented:

“This welcome donation will make a big difference to Leeds Baby Bank and the wonderful work it does.  Having a baby is a very expensive time for families and, for those on low incomes, it can be a real struggle. That’s why the work of the Leeds Baby Bank is so important to our community.”

Christopher Hull, Managing Director of Persimmon West Yorkshire said:

“Leeds Baby bank is a fantastic cause and so we’re delighted to help enable them to continue lending critical support to local families.

“It’s really pleasing to hear that not only is the assistance provided by the charity caring for those most in need but also it is creating a more sustainable city here in Leeds.”


This post is based on a press release issued by Persimmon

Photo L to R: Hilary Benn MP for Leeds Central; Leeds Baby Bank volunteer Jackie Appleton; Christopher Hull, Managing Director Persimmon West Yorkshire.


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