52 Lives

#383 - 27 mums

Request: Donations / Buggies / Kind messages

This week, we’re trying to provide buggies and strollers for 27 mums living in extreme poverty.

We sometimes work with a small charity called The Magpie Project, which supports homeless mums with children under five. Most are not eligible for benefits and are living in temporary accommodation, often with entire families all in one room. The Magpie Project provides essential support for the women and their children, but the waiting list for buggies - in their words - 'has gotten out of control.’

Jane, who runs the project, said: “Anyone who has been in charge of a baby or toddler will know how essential a good buggy is – but for our mums, a buggy becomes a life support system.

“It’s a home from home for the baby of a sofa-surfing mum who has nowhere to be in the day, a transport system on long walks when mum can't afford the bus, the only means of carrying shopping as mum doesn't have a bank account to order online, a high chair to eat in when there is no room for a table and chairs at home, and a safe place to be when mums are spending all day trying to get the food, support and advice they need to meet baby's needs.”

With your help, we’d like to make sure every single mum on their waiting list receives a buggy. We've set up a wishlist with some of the items they need and we’ll use your donations to buy more. They need buggies, strollers, double buggies, buggy boards, change bags and accessories.

What We Need

1. Donations: 100% of what you donate will be used to provide buggies and essentials for the woman and their children. You can donate online or by text using the details below.

2. Buggies and Accessories from a wishlist: We've set up an Amazon wishlist with some buggies, strollers, and accessories. To buy something for one of the mums we're helping, please click the link below. You will be taken to Amazon where you can choose something from the wishlist. It will be sent directly to The Magpie Project (just click 'this is a gift' and choose the 'gift registry address' when you checkout). 

3. Second-hand Buggies: The Magpie Project also accepts second-hand buggies, so if you have one in good condition that you might be willing to donate, please send a photo of it to: Hannah.duthie@themagpieproject.org . (The project is based in Newham and they are only able to collect items within 2 miles).

4. Kind messages: To send a kind message to one of the women being supported by The Magpie Project, please either write your message in the form below (your contact details won't be shared) or you can post a message to 52 Lives (mums), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT.

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(if you are sending a message of support for the person we’re helping, there is no need to fill in your email address or telephone number)

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