2023 – a Year in Review

What an incredible year 2023 has been. We are so thankful for all the amazing support we have received this year and always grateful that we are able to help so many people across the UK who need support.

January – saw amazing donations from Silver Cross & Amazon.co.uk, support from Tots Play & the honour of attending the launch of #ShapingUs.

February – our CEO Cat, went to NYC as part of Bloomberg/Harvard City Leaders Intiative to work on a project focusing on improving health inequalities in the early years in S Yorks, & we attended the fantastic Sanctuary Foundation War & Hospitality Conference at Oxford Uni.

March – we celebrated International Women’s Day & joined in The Lullaby Trust Safer Sleep Week, attended the House of Lords for Sanctuary Foundation Wave of Compassion – Ukraine 1yr, supported by Lansinoh Family through the launch of their maternity pads & attended Cinnamon Network UK retreat & spoke to HELLO! about #ShapingUs.

April – we celebrated Easter, held our 1st National Conference with a key note from The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood & support from our patron Rev Kate Bottley, celebrated 10years of Baby Basics Northampton, welcomed Baby Basics Brighton & relaunched our support to Ukrainian resettling families.

May- celebrated our midwives, sent out 1000’s of corporate donations to centres, supported by the @kates_rangers donation drive, celebrated Coronation of King Charles III, joined in launch of Fabulous #babybankonus & revamped the warehouse with help of BetterYou Ltd.

June – said THANK YOU to our volunteers in #volunteersweek & with a garden party, celebrated Father’s Day, sent @kates_rangers donations to The Baby Bank, attended Sanctuary Foundation No Place Like Home #refugeeweek, spoke on ActionFunder Breaking the Mould & amazing support from Silver Cross & Haakaa.

July- chosen to benefit from Guards Polo Club Royal Polo Match by HRH The Princess of Wales, Baby Basics West Norfolk met HM King Charles lll Sandringham Flower Show, more support from Lil-Lets, Pigeon organics , Kokoso Baby & Kit & Kin
August – we celebrated Yorkshire Day, Baby Basics Northampton were finalists in the Northampton Business Awards, Ashley James visited Baby Basics Chelmsford with Fabulous, we welcomed Vale of Neath Baby Basics and launched our Did you know?
September – we welcomed Baby Basics Solihull, sent out 1000’s of corporate donations to our centres, spoke on The Power of Impact podcast, more support from Mamas & Papas UK & Haakaa, continued our Did you know?
October – we celebrated Elizabeth Morley receiving her MBE, sent out more corporate donations to our centres, made new corporate connections Harrogate International Nursery Fair, more support from Mamas & Papas UK & Bloom and Blossom, celebrated monthly vols from BetterYou & shared more Did you know?
November – welcomed Baby Basics Tenterden & Baby Basics – Eastbourne, attended #shapingus sypmposium, shared our work with Steph’s Packed Lunch, sent corporate donations to NIreland, support from Orchard Toys Ltd Rainbow Designs Ltd MyVoucherCodes.co.uk & welcomed Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood Christmas appeal.
DecemberCharlene White ITV News visited Baby Basics Sunbury with Fabulous, & shared about us on Loose Women, support from Mamas & Papas UK Haakaa Lansinoh UK Ardo Mums UK, Vale Baby Basics attended HRH The Princess of Wales’ #TogetheratChristmas, & Baby Basics West Norfolk invited to Sandringham for a drink reception with HM King Charles lll.

Kate Middleton Plays Royal Hostess at Her Third Christmas Carol Concert at Westminster Abbey

Our CEO, Cat, spoke to PEOPLE today about what Early Years focus of Together at Christmas today means to us and all those working so hard in the sector.

“Cat Ross, the CEO of Baby Basics, says the carol service will help give the country’s thanks to some of those who help support families and children throughout the year. At a time of rising living costs, Kate has been highlighting the work that baby banks and food banks can do to help support communities. And she is spearheading an appeal for kids’ clothing and food and gifts over the holiday season.

“This is the culmination of a lot of things that the Princess has led on this year,” Ross tells PEOPLE.”

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photo credit Westminster Abbey on X

Why the Princess of Wales’s latest initiative is so important and how you can help

Our CEO, Cat Ross, spoke to HELLO! about the continued support that HRH The Princess of Wales shows to the early years & the baby bank sector through her latest public ask.

“Baby Basics CEO Cat Ross tells HELLO! that the charity is “thrilled that HRH The Princess of Wales and the Royal Foundation Centre For Early Childhood are continuing their commitment to the early years and specifically the baby bank sector through this Christmas public ask”.

Cat continues: “As with most charities across the UK right now and especially in the baby bank sector, we are facing our busiest winter yet with the cost of living crisis not just having an impact on increasing demand for our services but a drop in donations and volunteers.””

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Shaping Us National Symposium 2023

Our CEO was honoured to attend the Shaping Us National Symposium this year.

What a great opportunity to join with so many others in the early years sector and discuss how we can make more of an impact and improvements for the next generation.

Vote for Us! Baby Basics Needs Your Support in the My Favourite Voucher Codes Charity Poll this November

Logos of My Favourite Voucher Codes and of Baby Basics

This November, Baby Basics has a chance to win a donation of 20% of My Favourite Voucher Codes profits in their monthly charity poll. 

Who Are My Favourite Voucher Codes?

My Favourite Voucher Codes are a voucher code website that donates 20% of they’re profits to charity every month. They are on a mission to save people money with great discounts while providing much needed support to as many good causes as they can. They have already raised over £64k for charity through their monthly charity poll.

What Is the My Favourite Voucher Codes Poll?

Four different charities take part in the My Favourite Voucher Codes charity poll every month, and this month Baby Basics is one of the nominated charities. At the end of the month the charity with the most votes in the poll will win the donation.

How Do I Vote in the Poll? 

Click on the My Favourite Voucher Codes homepage

Scroll until you see the poll on the right hand side of the page, or at the bottom on mobile

Click the small circle next to Baby Basics

  • The poll is free to vote in
  • You do not need to use any vouchers to vote
  • Everyone gets one vote
  • The poll runs from the 1st to the end of the month. 

Please vote for Baby Basics in the My Favourite Voucher Codes November charity poll. This donation will help us to continue our vital work. We are so grateful to everyone who supports Baby Basics.


The Power of Impact Podcast

Tune in to The Power of Impact podcast to here our CEO, Cat Ross, discussing the nature of poverty in the UK, and how we can work in partnership to alleviate it.

“In this discussion with Cat Ross, we learn about the origin of Baby Basics, how it has grown from a small organisation in a church building to a UK-wide charity delivering vital equipment to thousands. Championed by the likes of The Princess of Wales and Kate Bottley, the charity has found itself at the forefront of delivering relief to families.”

Tune in here

Thank You for your Donations

We are so thankful for all the wonderful donations from our amazing supporters – we couldn’t do the work we do without all the amazing companies and people who donate such wonderful essential items needed for life with a new baby.


Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Wales take part in Royal Charity Polo Day

HRH The Prince of Wales took to the polo field today to play in the Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Charity Polo Cup at Guards Polo Club, with the day raising £1,000,000 to be shared by eleven charities supported by TRH’s The Prince and Princess of Wales.  Today’s contribution takes the total raised from Royal Charity Polo Days played in the UK over the last 12 years to more than £12,000,000.

The Prince played as part of the U.S. Polo Assn. team alongside Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, Amr Zedan and Mark Tomlinson. The opposing Standing Rock Polo team was formed by Philipp Muller, Ivan Rubinich, Malcolm Borwick and Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi , with the BP Healthcare Polo team made up of Garvey Beh, James Beh, Henry Porter and Steve Cox. 

In an exciting round robin format, it was the US Polo Assn. team who won with The Princess of Wales presenting the Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Charity Cup to the winning captain Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha.

This year’s event provided a unique opportunity to support and raise funds for eleven of Their Royal Highness’s patronages. These organisations are: MHI (Shout), Wales Air Ambulance, Centrepoint, The Passage, Mountain Rescue England & Wales, Foundling Museum, Forward Trust, East Anglia Children’s Hospices, Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities

‘Out-Sourcing Inc’s David M. Matsumoto said: “Out-Sourcing Inc. is honored to support today’s charity polo match. Knowing that this polo event will raise much needed funds for ten incredible charities aligns perfectly with the company’s own charitable ethos. Out-Sourcing Inc. focuses on creating platforms to highlight and support charitable endeavors across the world, including here in the UK.”

Charity representative, Victoria Hornby, CEO of Shout/ MHI speaking on behalf of the eleven charities said all of the charities benefitting today support people in some of the most difficult and testing moments of their lives. The funds from this year’s Out-Sourcing Charity Polo Day will ensure that we can continue to be there to offer the support they deserve. “

The day was made possible by the generous sponsors and event partners.  Thank you to Out-Sourcing Inc, who assumed the role of title sponsor and have a long association with fundraising events such as this. Grateful thanks must also go to the other sponsors and supporters including; Guards Polo Club, U.S. Polo Assn., Standing Rock Polo Team, BP Healthcare, Lugano Diamonds, Audi, AP&Co, The Cox Family of Oklahoma and Whispering Angel.

Sheffield baby bank inundated with support after cot appeal BBC News

Thank you so much BBC News for covering this story from our Sheffield Centre.

By Victoria Scheer

“A baby bank said it had been inundated with donations and support after issuing an urgent appeal for cots.

Baby Basics in Sheffield was forced to suspend its waiting list for cots after a spike in demand meant it had more than 20 families in need of help.

However, after appealing on social media the volunteer-led charity said it had been overwhelmed by offers.

Chief executive Cat Ross said since Friday they had been gifted 13 cots, with others offering to buy new beds.”

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