I'm a Mum of two boys living in Oxfordshire, enjoying lots of fun activities and writing about them when I get a chance.
Published November 13th 2012
Support a Charity and Save the Environment
An easy way to help
With two young children I seem to be so busy rushing around that I don't have much time left over. Other friends manage to run sponsored marathons, volunteer at youth centres or set up events to raise money for charity.
I might not have much time but I have plenty of empty baby wipe packets. These have ended up going in the bin but I've just heard of a charity which puts them to good use.
How many packets of baby wipes do you go through in a year?
Ellie's Fund Brain Tumour Turst is a UK registered charity raising funds to "promote, support and ensure publication of research into the causes and treatment of brain tumours". They focus on children and young people and also provide assistance for "equipment, facilities and other support". Brain tumour research accounts for less than 1% of cancer research spend in the UK and is now the most common cancer killer of children in the UK.
Frightening I know but there's a really easy way for parents of young children to help raise money for this charity. All you have to do is save up your empty baby wipe packets and send them by freepost. Ellie's Fund receive 2p per pack and as an added bonus the empty wrappers are recycled so you're doing your bit for the environment too. They're made into everything from bibs to watering cans. There's more details on their website but here's how it works
1. Collect empty baby wipe packets (any brand) and wrap in a thick plastic bag or box. 2. When you have a minimum of 25 (or max 5kg) then e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and they will e-mail you a freepost postage label to print out. 3. Drop parcel at post office.
Why not get together with some friends, your nursery or local children's centre to maximise the difference you can make.
This is a great idea, and I wish I'd known about it when my two were younger (or it had been around). I always felt really bad about using wipes, and at least this way part of the waste goes to help a good cause.