Stripey Stork sent a vanload of supplies last week to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
The Redhill-based charity despatched 234 bags of items, for babies and children, to the Holmfield House Children’s Centre, close to the tower block’s location.
Stripey Stork was set up in 2013 by local mums to collect and distribute second-hand children’s goods, working alongside professionals who make requests on behalf of families in need.
The team wanted to assist Grenfell families because of the fit with the charity’s aims and, while most of the organisation’s work is in Surrey, there isn’t a restriction on where help goes. Stock levels meant the local service wouldn’t be affected, and volunteers were available and ready to go.
Nicola Dawes, founder and Chair of Trustees, said:
“We also agreed it was important that the help got to where it is needed directly. Lydia Beatty (our Donations Coordinator) made contact with Holmfield House Children’s Centre which is local to the tower.”
The centre told Stripey what was needed, and a van was duly loaded and sent out. Holmfield House sent a message of thanks afterwards:
“The van has arrived and the staff are amazed at what was sent and how it was packed
Again, I cannot say ‘thank you’ enough.”
The two organisations will maintain a link over the coming months.
“It was striking how quickly we were able to mobilise because we are well stocked and well organised thanks to the support we get all year round.”
Anyone wanting to help Stripey in the work it does has an opportunity this Thursday (22 June), in “Stripes4Stripey”. People are being asked to wear stripey clothes and donate towards a fund to buy new pants and socks for children. There’s more on Stripey Stork’s Facebook page.