Struggling Barnsley mums helped by The Salvation Army

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The Salvation Army is offering a lifeline to struggling expectant mothers in Barnsley.

Baby Basics Barnsley is a new service set up by the charity’s Cortonwood Outreach Centre.

It aims to provide women with a moses basket stocked with essential items such as nappies, clothing, baby wipes, bedding, bibs and toiletries.

The Salvation Army is working in partnership with Barnsley Hospital’s community midwives, who identify women in need of help.

It is the fifth scheme of its kind to be set up in the country.

Captain Catherine Dodd, of The Salvation Army, said: “The Salvation Army have always been involved with helping vulnerable people.

“Baby Basics is an extension of our work, giving us a focus on supporting mums to be who may find themselves in need for a variety of reasons.”

Sandra Newman, matron for community midwifery at Barnsley Hospital, said: “The baskets offer a lifeline for parents who would otherwise struggle to provide their new baby with the essential items every baby needs.”

To donate items, contact The Salvation Army Outreach Centre in Cortonwood or drop off items for the care of Sandra Newman at Barnsley Hospital.