Did we tell you..WE WON! We probably did, but we are so excited we wanted to tell you again.. WE WON! We finished in the top seven of the Engage Mutual Foundation Awards and we are going to be awarded £5,000 which is a huge boost to our finances.
As voting closed, we slumped in heaps – happy, exhilarated heaps – after an incredibly tense few weeks, where we could barely speak without checking our running total on the Engage Mutual Foundation website. We admit it, we became obsessed in case you hadn’t noticed.
We were overwhelmed by your votes, but even more so, by your support and the clearly shared value that we all place on providing support for mothers and babies. Even if we hadn’t won, we believe the campaign raised awareness of the need for support for breastfeeding mothers and babies – and for places for them to go at the time when they most need it.
People we didn’t expect started asking questions about breastfeeding and supporting mothers to do it. And you were part of that. So thank you for your votes, your encouragement, for all your donations and for organising fundraising events.
Since then, Engage Mutual Foundation has been to visit us to see what we are doing – click here to see the photos and the film is to follow. And we’ve also met with the County Council to see how this group might be part of the wider funded provision of breastfeeding support in Cambridge.
In the meantime, we are encouraged that Homerton Children’s Centre have said that we can continue to use the room, and we will begin spending some of the money on leaflets, resources and staffing. So we have a venue, and we have funds until June – but we need to keep going to see how we can raise money to keep us going long term.
We are now progressing how we can set up as a charity. Then we can gain access to trusts and grants that are currently closed to us. But we need to keep fundraising, and we need to keep asking for your support. So we will be looking to see how we can broaden the support and raise funds for our long term survival. We welcome all ideas and suggestions!
We are on a steep learning curve as we set up – perhaps not so different from being a new mother really. We are figuring things out, stumbling every now and then, but getting help and support for the bits we don’t know.
Why? Because the rewards are huge, and not necessarily ones we can put into words. But we’re doing it because it’s what drives us. We know that it is a privilege to be supporting mothers and babies, and toddlers, on their breastfeeding journey.
We know it is the right of every breastfeeding mother and baby to get the support they need. And we know the look of relief in a mother’s eye when she walks in, and we listen to her.