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The special gift Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left behind in Merseyside


13 April 2019
Liverpool Echo Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wowed thousands of adoring fans during their trip to Birkenhead at the start of this year, as people flocked from all around to catch a glimpse of the Royal Couple.

Whilst their trip may have shone the spotlight on the deprived Merseyside town, the pair also launched a project that will mean their visit has a lasting legacy - and could prove crucial for many families in the community.

During their visit in January, they launched Baby Basics Wirral, a project aimed at helping local families expecting babies, which is being run by the town's Feeding Birkenhead, Supporting Wirral charity.

It will help expectant parents by offering them Baby Basics packs - which contain essential items needed for a new arrival, including a Moses basket, nappies, clothes and toiletries.

Moira McAdam, the team leader for the new project, said: "We are really excited to introduce Baby Basics to Wirral. We already know from the work of Feeding Birkenhead, Supporting Wirral that there are lots of parents who will benefit from this service.

"Having a baby should be an exciting time and we want Baby Basics to provide that extra support that some families may need in our area."

 

The new project was one of those visited by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in January, when they gave out Wirral’s first Baby Basics pack while at the Number 7 cafe and supermarket.

And in time for the arrival of the Royal Couple’s baby, due within the next month, the charity has now built up enough donated stock to begin supporting local families.

Local councillor Moira McLaughlin is a trustee of Feeding Birkenhead, Supporting Wirral, and she welcomed the launch.

She said: “I’m really pleased Baby Basics will now be available in Wirral. I’m sure there are lots of families who will benefit from the service and I hope the whole community can get behind the project to make it a success.”

Families can be referred to Baby Basics Wirral via their health professional or through local community organisations. The scheme aims to provide the baby basket to parents one month before their child is born, taking the stress out of preparing for their new arrival.

A spokeswoman for the project said it was also looking for donations and essential baby items including clothing, toiletries and moses baskets.

She said all donations must be new or in "very good" condition.

Birkenhead’s MP Frank Field added: "Yet again Feeding Birkenhead, Supporting Wirral is at the cutting edge of offering help to local families. We will be working hard with Baby Basics – alongside our existing projects to provide school breakfasts, social supermarkets, holiday clubs, and so much else – to safeguard the living standards of expectant parents."

Baby Basics began in Sheffield ten years ago and has since been implemented in different parts of the country, with Wirral being the latest.

To donate, or refer a family to the service, visit the Baby Basics Wirral Facebook page. 

Tom Houghton, Liverpool Echo


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