Charity Leeds Baby Bank charity gifts preloved and new, essential baby items to families in crisis. The charity is urging the good folk of Leeds to help them clock up 5,000 miles walking, running or wheeling, and raise £5,000.
In the last month alone, Leeds Baby Bank has helped over 95 families but it can’t stop there. People are asked to sign up to walk any distance they choose over August, raising sponsorship and ‘banking’ the miles with the charity. People can take part as individuals, groups, or as part of a corporate challenge. There’ll be opportunities to share progress by joining a community of ‘LBB Milers’ by posting and sharing updates on social media tagged with #MilesforSmilesLeeds.
The target amount of £5,000 is enough to help 400 local babies sleep in safety on new mattresses and in new cots. Or to support 200 families with food and baby formula, or provide toiletry bundles for 500 infants.
Will Munton, Charity Manager at Leeds Baby Bank: “After we have all been cooped up at home for so long, what better way to get out in the summer air and get some steps in than joining our Miles for Smiles campaign? We’d love to see the City get behind this campaign, banking some miles with us and raising some much-needed sponsorship money.
This challenge is totally flexible, so you can fit it round your lifestyle – some people have pledged to run 25kms a week, some people to take their dog for a mile walk each day and some to toddle to nursery every day – it’s a challenge that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Each month, we help around a hundred families who are in need of essential items to ensure that they can live healthily and safely. We supply all sorts of items, from baby clothes, to cots, mattresses, food and nappies. Times have been hard for many families over the last year and it is so important that we can continue our crucial work across the City and so we really appreciate every pound raised.”
Entrants who sign up to the challenge on the Leeds Baby Bank website will receive a goody bag containing a Leeds Baby Bank t-shirt. For entry instructions and details please visit here.