I’ve always liked to do my bit for charity with the odd sponsored run or donation to causes that have touched the lives of my family and friends but, honestly, I’ve never really gone far out of my way to do anything for the greater good (although does joining the Army count?!). Becoming a mum, however, has finally given me something to get really passionate about. I love my family. And now I can’t ever imagine life without our baby boy. It makes me so sad to see parents who are unable to take their babies home or to hear just how many families are living below the poverty line, even here in Gloucestershire.
That’s why I’ve decided to put supporting families and giving at the core of Moments by Katie Mitchell. For every order over £199, I will donate £10 to local charities which support Gloucestershire families in crisis: Gloucestershire Bundles and The Family Haven. Gloucestershire Bundles provides emergency packs of toiletries, clothing and equipment to pregnant women and families with children up to the age of eleven, who find themselves in crisis situations. The Family Haven helps disadvantaged and vulnerable families in Gloucestershire by providing parents and their pre-school children with a warm, caring and supportive day centre where assistance and encouragement is available to help them improve the quality of their lives.
Separately to my business, I also volunteer for Remember My Baby, a charity which provides remembrance photography for parents in the UK who have lost their baby before, during or shortly after birth, completely free of charge. For those unable to use the photography service, Remember My Baby also offers a digital retouching service to edit photographs that were taken by parents. If you or someone you know would like to know more about Remember my baby, call freephone 0808 189 2345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.