Emilie de Brujin, Hartlepool Baby Bank Founder and Community Lead at the Baby Bank Alliance, shares her story of setting up her baby bank and what she has learnt along the way.

Where did the idea for the Hartlepool Baby Bank come from?

Just imagine three ladies seeing items swapped back and forth at a breastfeeding support group, hearing one person lament they needed X, and another saying, “I have one you can borrow”. That was January 2019, and a mere four weeks later we launched Hartlepool Baby Bank.

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