UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2021:
It has been really difficult to monitor the inbox due to the amount of spam we are receiving via our website. Please direct all communication either to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us via our facebook page. We are accepting items of new or excellent condition pre-loved clothing and any other donations for our boxes in bags. We are particularly short of girl’s clothes, sanitary or menstrual products, and chocolate for our mums.
Knitting Smiles Across The North is a community project initially founded in 2016 that has now grown to reach regions across all of Lancashire and Greater Manchester. Together we support new mums and vulnerable members of the community by providing “baby boxes” packed full of essential items and treats. Each box contains at least two unique, handmade with love, items of baby clothing and a blanket. These and other items are sourced from within our communities, for our communities.
Across The North
My name is Emma and I am a health visitor in the North of England. This started as a maternity leave project for me in 2016 after having my third son and feeling an empathy, a compassion and sense of injustice for local mums who had little support or access to the things that they needed after having a baby. Since then, hundreds of boxes full to the brim of necessities and lovely things have been distributed to local families, into women’s refuges, hostels and homeless projects. The project has links with health visiting services and nurses who support ladies and children with no recourse to public funds, who have fled war are seeking refuge in our communities, or mums who are isolated, lonely and just need to feel the love and thoughts of someone else nearby. This is a project that is fighting for equality for all families and for everyone to feel that they have someone who cares about them.