The Breastfeeding Network has been supporting families in the UK with infant feeding since 1997. We don’t get any central government funding. To ensure that the support and information we provide continues to be independent we do not accept sponsorship from commercial companies linked to infant feeding. Our activities are funded by subscriptions, donations and fundraising to offer life-changing support to families as they take their precious first steps with their new baby.
Raising money for the BfN is a great way to support our work, meet new friends and to raise awareness about the work we do with families across the UK.
To see what impact your donation could make, read what Maria says about the difference Breastfeeding Network support made to her when her baby, Lucas, arrived.
There are lots of different ways you can get involved, to help make sure more mums like Maria get the support they need. Every penny counts, so please have a look at the information below and choose how you would like to support us.
Organise your own event
When it comes to personal fundraising events the only limit is your imagination. Do something fun and involve all your friends and family, or pick something that is a personal challenge. We can offer templates for posters and sponsorship forms, help you set up a Justgiving page and publicise your event on our website and via social media if you want us to.
Here are some ideas that other people have done successfully:
- Set up a local sponsored pram push/baby wearing walk to bring together local mums
- Organise a ‘Big BfN bake off’, ask for a small entry fee, charge people to eat cake and pick a winner
- Have a big clear out and raise money by selling used baby clothes and equipment in the front garden or at a car boot sale
- Have friends round for some pampering (important for every new mum!) and ask them to donate for each treatment
- Get creative and bring the community together to make an artwork using baby handprints, footprints and individual baby photos
- Have a cake sale at the local toddler group, nursery or church
Got other great ideas? We would love to hear them, please share them with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Raise money for us at an organised event
Do you already have a guaranteed place at an organised run, cycle or other event? We would love you to fundraise for us! We can provide you with information about setting up a Justgiving page and send you templates for a sponsorship form. When you raise over £40 we will also send you a free water bottle plus a t-shirt, running vest or swimhat ! We can also help you promote your fundraising event via our website, Facebook and Twitter.
Mums’ Milk Run and BfN’s Big Tea Break
BfN’s two big annual fundraising events are held every year in spring and autumn with lots of different events up and down the country. Check out the Mums’ Milk Run page and the Big Tea Break page to find the event nearest to you or to find out how to run your own event.
Support your local volunteers
Find the Breastfeeding Network in your area. If you wish, you can raise money specifically to support BfN volunteers in your local area. We can also put you in touch with your local volunteers and support group, if you haven’t already met them, which is a great way to meet new friends and get involved in other ways as well.
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