‘Overwhelming’ Facebook response for new mother in need

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A North Somercotes church warden has spoken of her admiration for generous local people, after a desperate plea for baby items from a new mother resulted in dozens of donation pledges.

The St. Mary’s Church Facebook page posted the plea early yesterday evening, referring to a 26-year-old woman who has recently had a baby girl. The woman, from the Gainsborough area, has fallen on hard times and has minimal family support.

Although a health visitor managed to provide a Moses basket and a ‘Tommee Tippee’ steriliser, other essential baby items were still desperately needed.

Within minutes, kind-hearted local people had pledged to donate spare items such as cots, toys, clothes, blankets, nappies, bottles and play mats.

Any additional donations will be given to the Pass It On charity shop in Gainsborough, to help those in similar unfortunate circumstances.

Michelle Green from St Mary’s Church, who created the Facebook post, said: “I’m overwhelmed. The donations have gone crazy almost straight away.

“It’s probably the best response we’ve ever had to a post on our page, and I’m overwhelmed. It’s reached over 5,000 people so far.

“The extra donations will definitely come to good use, as there must be more people in our area who are in need too.”

A local mother, who did not wish to be named, said: “You hear a lot of bad stuff about social media like Facebook, but this goes to show that on a local level it can work really well.

“Hearing about this poor young mum makes you realise how lucky you are, and how something like this could happen to anybody.”

If you wish to pledge your own donation to the woman and child in need, search for the ‘St Mary’s Church, North Somercotes’ page on Facebook, or contact Michelle Green on 07877 881738.