Carol Monaghan MP has visited charity Birth, Baby & Beyond, Tesco Bank’s Charity of the Year, based in Glasgow North West.
Birth, Baby & Beyond has been selected by colleagues from Tesco Bank’s Glasgow office to be their official charity partner for 2017-18 and their mission is to raise £25,000. The charity is dedicated to providing an equal start to babies and families across Glasgow through the provision of Starter Packs.
During the first five months of the partnership, colleagues have raised over £12,000 through a variety of events such as raffles, a Race Night and a sponsored climb of Ben Nevis, all of which will go towards funding twelve Starter Packs. Staff from the Bank have also been supporting the charity by volunteering at their warehouse to sort donations and helping with bag packs – one has even become the charity’s mascot.
The Starter Packs supplement the Scottish Government’s Baby Box, which was rolled-out nationally last week. Almost 10,000 parents have registered to receive a Baby Box and more than 500 have been delivered so far.
Carol Monaghan MP said:
“It was wonderful to visit Birth, Baby and Beyond today to see first-hand the invaluable work they are doing supporting families and babies in need across Glasgow.
“Alongside the Scottish Government’s Baby Box initiative which provides some of the essentials for the early months of a new baby’s life, these practical and important means of support ensure every baby born in Scotland gets the best possible start.
“I thank Tesco and its employees and customers who have contributed either financially or voluntarily to support this charity.”
Natasha Earle from Birth, Baby & Beyond, said:
“It was lovely to meet Carol Monaghan MP and we are grateful for giving up her time to come and visit our shop and to hear more about the work we do to support families across Glasgow. Becoming Tesco Bank’s Glasgow Charity Partner for 2017-2018 has been a fantastic opportunity for Birth, Baby & Beyond, one that we are very thankful for. Colleagues and staff have really committed to the partnership and took part in various fundraising events over the first 6 months and have raised a massive £12,000 for the charity. It has been a great start, we can’t wait to see what’s in store over the next 6 months.”
Chris Newton, Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank, said:
“We are grateful to Carol Monaghan MP for giving her time to visit the charity. It has been a pleasure to support Natasha and her team at Birth, Baby & Beyond over the first few months and it has been great to come into the shop to see what a difference our fundraising and volunteering is having for the charity.”