A new project that aims to give babies and toddlers in Eastbourne the best start possible in life has been awarded £2,000 from Eastbourne Borough Council’s Bourne to Recycle scheme.
Eastbourne Foodbank Best Start provides vulnerable new mothers with a Moses basket filled with clothing, nappies, bedding and washing items, and is the first community project to benefit from the scheme.
Howard Wardle, Operations Director of Eastbourne Foodbank, said, “Thank you to everyone who voted for our Best Start project which is already having a real impact in the town, showing love and genuine kindness to vulnerable mums and their new baby. We still need Moses baskets and good, clean preloved baby clothes. Please let us recycle them and in doing so, make a real difference."
Around 1,500 Eastbourne households have signed up to Bourne to Recycle and made the commitment to recycle more of their household items. Their names are all entered into a monthly draw and five winners are drawn, scooping £100 each.
In July, as part of a commitment to support the wider community, those registered were also invited to vote for local groups or organisations seeking support and the most popular cause is presented with a £2,000 grant.
Since it was launched in 2011, Eastbourne Foodbank has provided 350,000 meals to vulnerable people with the support and generosity of local people.
Its Best Start project won the most votes out of three finalists which included Age Concern Eastbourne and Citizens Advice Eastbourne.
Councillor Stephen Holt said, “We are delighted to be able to help such a beneficial initiative through the Bourne to Recycle scheme.
“It’s great too that people are pledging to recycle more and taking part in Bourne to Recycle. Everyone who does so is helping to drive up the borough’s recycling levels.”
Bourne to Recycle is fully funded by a successful bid to the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Registering is easy and takes just a few seconds. Simply fill in the online, or complete the paper copy available from the Council’s Customer Contact Centre at 1 Grove Road. The team are also regularly out and about across the borough promoting the scheme at libraries, shops, malls and outdoor events.