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Support for disadvantaged new mums and their babies

A lifeline has been given to South Australian charity Treasure Boxes to help it recommence a vital service that provides essential items to disadvantaged mothers and their babies.

Thanks to your support of the Home Lottery, The Hospital Research Foundation was able to give a $50,000 grant to Treasure Boxes to help the charity provide 5,000 boxes filled with items such as cots, prams and clothing to new mothers and their babies who are in devastating financial and domestic situations.

It follows a recent announcement that Treasure Boxes would temporarily close its doors due to a decline in volunteers who are in self-isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, despite demand for the charity’s services being the highest it has ever been with more and more families needing help.

Treasure Boxes founder Rikki Cooke said the support would ensure services could recommence to provide childhood essentials to our most vulnerable community members.

“The donation will allow us to continue to provide items such as cots and bassinettes for newborn babies born into severe hardship and are without a safe place to sleep – putting their lives at risk – and women and children who have fled domestic violence and are currently residing in women’s shelters,” Rikki said.

THRF CEO Paul Flynn said the partnership was an important way the organisation could continue to provide support to vulnerable communities in South Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

“The Hospital Research Foundation brings hope to the community and in light of COVID-19, never has this been so important to new mothers and their babies,” Paul said.