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Weʼre raising £5,000 to allow the Hearts Milk Bank to collect more milk!

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom

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This is Naomi and Jo. They have been volunteering 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 three months, they have pasteurised over 150 litres of donated milk, and so much is coming in that we have almost run out of freezer space!

(A very full freezer)

At the moment, the SERV Herts and Beds riders keep the Hearts Milk Bank going by picking up and delivering donated milk, alongside their vital work couriering blood products. They are simply wonderful volunteers, who drop everything to help out for nothing more than a cup of tea and a biscuit. However, if we increase our workload any more, we will place an unreasonable burden on these wonderful bikers.

Amazingly, we have been given the opportunity to convert a car into a freezer vehicle, which could deliver milk to hospitals across the region at short notice. For £3000, we could relieve the burden on SERV, and use it to pick milk up from our Expresso Clubs (coming soon), where donors can come together to be recruited as milk donors, and mums can get free advice from a lactation consultant (watch this space!).

(Something like how our converted car would look)

Please help us - if we can raise the grand sum of £5000, we can not only buy two freezers large enough to store all the milk we are receiving, but convert a car into a Milk Mobile!

Make Jo and Naomi even happier, and help us to help even more babies.

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  • Natalie Shenker25 days ago
    Natalie Shenker

    Natalie Shenker

    25 days 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 Shenkera month ago
    Natalie Shenker

    Natalie Shenker

    a month 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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  • Natalie Shenkera month ago
    Natalie Shenker

    Natalie Shenker

    a month ago

    We almost have enough to buy our two freezers, to store all the milk coming in, and all going out! Thank you all so much, especially for the messages of support - they keep us going. And to the generous anonymous person who sent £750, we would love to thank you with a tour of the milk bank if you can message us on info@heartsmilkbank.org. Thank you to all! For those of you who missed why we set up the Hearts Milk Bank, please watch this short film:

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  • amy brown

    amy brown

    Oct 2, 2017

    Another brick!

    £23.22

  • Bernice Morris

    Bernice Morris

    Oct 2, 2017

    In honor of Natalie Shenker's birthday. Much love, Bernice, Adam, Thea and Miles

    £50.00

  • Amina Hatia

    Amina Hatia

    Sep 27, 2017

    Amazing project (that I still need to come down and see!).

    £50.00

  • Phil Shenker

    Phil Shenker

    Sep 20, 2017

    Good luck with the fund raising

  • Andy Sims

    Andy Sims

    Sep 18, 2017

    Keep up the good work

    £30.00

  • Emma Pickett

    Emma Pickett

    Sep 18, 2017

    Hard to imagine a more worthy cause.

  • Louise Haines

    Louise Haines

    Sep 17, 2017

    Great work ladies. And all your donors too. Wishing you every success.

    £10.00

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom

Over the last year, we have worked all hours to set up the Hearts Milk Bank. It should not be in 2017 that babies cannot access screened donor milk because there is not enough - so many mums want to donate. Now we are up and running, we just need some help from you to run faster!

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