It was exciting to see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex choose to support a ‘baby bank’ Little Village HQ in their Instagram message asking fans to donate to charities rather than sending the Royal couple presents;
Just a week later the impact is clear: “@littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers.”
Pelican Parcels which opened in December 2018 is the local equivalent to Little Village HQ. Pelican Parcels as a charity takes pre-loved and new item donations for babies and children up to age 10, and redistribute them to families facing financial hardship via various existing family services in Brighton & Hove. In the first four months of operating Pelican Parcels has been able to send out packages to over 60 local families.
In the most recent Child Poverty Index it was estimated that 19.6% of Brighton & Hove’s dependent children are living in poverty. Brighton & Hove as a city has high rates of children in need, in care and with child protection plans and/or who have been referred to children’s social care services.