MORAY MP Douglas Ross visited the Moray Baby Bank today (Friday) to meet with volunteers and see at first hand the work they are doing to assist local families.
Commenting, Douglas said: “It was good to see the hard work that is being done from the charity’s base in Urquhart and how well supported they have been by the generous donations from local people.”
The Moray Baby Bank donates vital equipment and items to families by working with a number of local agencies in Moray. Douglas has been assisting the charity to overcome issues with a referral form which can be used by NHS Grampian, including by midwives who will be able to pinpoint new mothers who might benefit from being offered items.
Ian Sutherland from the Moray Baby Bank said: “We are very grateful to Douglas for pressing our cause with NHS Grampian. As a result of his intervention, we have been able to address all their issues with our referral form. NHS Grampian are now fully on board with the Moray Baby Bank and we look forward to receiving many referrals from Moray Health Visitors and Midwives to help those parents and guardians in need of our service.
Douglas said: “I’m really pleased that I was able to offer assistance and that NHS Grampian will now be able to work with the Baby Bank going forward to deliver this important service.
“It was also a good opportunity for me to be able to hand over some clothes that our baby son Alistair has outgrown already. He has grown so quickly and so I know just how hard it is keeping up with the needs of a new born. This has really brought it home to me just how vital the work that is done here is.”
Also at the meeting was local businessman George Nicol (Kitchens and Bathrooms, Keith) and a representative from Symphony Kitchens who provided and fitted kitchen furniture at the Moray Baby Bank base.
Douglas added: “I’m very grateful to George and Norman from Symphony for their efforts, helping such a worthwhile cause.”