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£5,105raised of £25,000 target by 112 supporters

Weʼre raising £25,000 to grow our milk bank.

Location
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom

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This is Naomi and Jo. They have been working at the Hearts Milk Bank since May. They check, sort and pasteurise the milk donated by scores of wonderful mums, so that it is ready to feed tiny babies in neonatal units across our region.

They have been very busy.

In the last seven months, they have pasteurised over 350 litres of donated milk, and so much is coming in that we ran out of freezer space!

(A very full freezer)

Our wonderful supporters came to our aid, and now we have enough freezer space to supply the region and more!

It's a new year, and we have a new challenge. We can make sure milk is available for researchers up and down the UK - helping them to solve how human milk protects against infections and disease. We have so much to do, equipment to bring in, and even rent to pay. We need time until we are fully sustainable by ourselves, and time is running out. If we are to get the research going, as well as continue to grow to meet the needs of our region's hospitals, we need help.

Please help us to build on the great foundations we have laid, and help even more babies and their parents.

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  • Natalie Shenker4 months ago
    Natalie Shenker

    Natalie Shenker

    4 months ago

    Our target of £5000 is in sight! Thank you to all of you who have donated - we can't tell you what a difference it has made already. And there is an amazing opportunity ahead. Every penny raised over our target will go towards funding our research programme. There are so many questions out there to answer. Among the studies we urgently need to start include helping mothers manage their milk supply after the death of a baby, and enabling donor milk to be provided to babies who would not currently be eligible to receive it. Help us to do more!

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  • Natalie Shenker5 months ago
    Natalie Shenker

    Natalie Shenker

    5 months ago

    Things have been busy - milk is coming in again into our new freezers, and with our little Milk Mobile in the Biopark basement, we can whizz milk off to hospitals very quickly. The last two orders have arrived on neonatal intensive care units within an hour of the phone ringing! Converting the Milk Mobile into a fully refrigerated unit that can carry milk safely over longer distances is working out cheaper than expected. This means that thanks to you all we can start the work, and get onto the next problem to solve: a centrifuge. Update soon!

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  • Natalie Shenker5 months ago
    Natalie Shenker

    Natalie Shenker

    5 months ago

    Look what arrived yesterday! 24 hours later, it has been cleaned, turned on, frozen down to -20C and half full. Thank you everyone!

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6 months ago

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Supporters

112

  • Stephanie Parry

    Stephanie Parry

    Feb 13, 2018

    Thanks for your kind help.

    £20.00

  • Laura Morley

    Laura Morley

    Feb 3, 2018

    £10.00

  • Alice Flawith

    Alice Flawith

    Jan 31, 2018

    It sounds like you are doing brilliant work! I hope this small donation helps it to continue.

    £10.00

  • Cat Middlemiss

    Cat Middlemiss

    Jan 13, 2018

    £5.00

  • Gabrielle Colleran

    Gabrielle Colleran

    Jan 13, 2018

    Your work is so important! So delighted to support ❤️❤️

    £50.00

  • Stephanie Parry

    Stephanie Parry

    Jan 9, 2018

    Thank you Natalie and Jo for your help and support.

    £10.00

  • Kelly Kent

    Kelly Kent

    Dec 22, 2017

    Couldn't let the year end before I made my donation. Well done to an incredible and hard earned year. May 2018 be overflowing with good things for you and the HMB!

About the fundraiser
Natalie Shenker

Natalie Shenker

Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom

Over the last year, we have worked all hours to set up the Hearts Milk Bank. Sick babies across our region can now receive screened donor milk whenever they need it. We are sending more milk out every month, but need help until we are fully sustainable.

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