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Sutherland Community Partnership teams up with AberNecessities charity to offer Sutherland families help with kids' essentials


By Caroline McMorran

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Emilie Flecher-Herd and Thalia Lyness from AberNecessities showing off the items which have now been delivered to Sutherland.
Emilie Flecher-Herd and Thalia Lyness from AberNecessities showing off the items which have now been delivered to Sutherland.

Families in Sutherland are now able to get extra support with baby and toddler essentials thanks to a charity tie-up.

Sutherland Community Partnership (SCP) has worked with Aberdeen-based charity AberNecessities to secure funding to support families in the county.

AberNecessities founder Danielle Flecher-Horn said that around 80 families in Sutherland had so far benefited from help with nappies and other essential items.

Sutherland Community Partnership worked closely with the Westminster Foundation, which is led by the Duke of Westminster, to identify that, along with support with food and fuel, some families in the county are also struggling to purchase essential items for their babies and toddlers.

Police Scotland’s Dominic Corcoran, who drove the initiative, said: “Many families who require additional support have found it particularly tough during the pandemic. These families can now take some peace of mind that further help is available.”

Ms Flecher-Horn said: "The amazing efforts from Sutherland Community Partnership raised £4000 – enabling us to provide packages of nappies, formula and toiletries to help 80 vulnerable families in need. In what is an extremely challenging time for us all, funding such as this is truly invaluable to children living without the basic essentials and we are thrilled to have been able to help families in Sutherland.”

AberNecessities provides disadvantaged families with the essential and basic necessities that no child should go without. From maternity bundles for mother and baby to nappies, formula milk, clothing, toys and equipment for children aged 0-18 years, AberNecessities recognises the importance of meeting the basic needs of a child in order to give them the best start possible.

Items are available from Sutherland Care Forum in Golspie and other groups across the county.
Items are available from Sutherland Care Forum in Golspie and other groups across the county.

They work closely with a body of professionals across the NHS, education system and social workers to support children living in poverty. Since the pandemic began in March they have helped over 4000 children and families across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and now Sutherland.

SCP vice-chair Councillor Deirdre Mackay said: “We worked closely with the Westminster Foundation and would like to thank them for the generous grant of £4000 which has been awarded to AberNecessities. Thanks must also go to Danii and her team in Aberdeen.

"They recognised the specific challenges we face in Sutherland and stepped up to the mark to help us.”

Items are now available in Helmsdale, Brora, Golspie, Dornoch and Lochinver.

AberNecessities was recently selected by the Duchess of Cambridge as one of only three charities to join her ‘baby bank’ initiative.



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