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Project information

Provision of a hybrid 4x4 vehicle

We need to replace our old 4x4 with a hybrid vehicle. We will rise to the ever-increasing requests from milkbanks and NHS to provide a reliable, free, DAILY means of transporting donor human milk and to support the Sussex children’s nursing team. This vehicle will reduce costs and carbon emissions.

February 2018 - April 2018

Charity information: Service By Emergency Rider Volunteers

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  • Need

    Need

    NHS Trusts have a need to expand their human milk transport service and support of the community. There is no service available to collect and deliver donor milk in the south-east. Breast milk helps babies in need to get the best start in life and is the ideal food for babies. It contains all the nutrients that a baby needs and contains hormones and disease-fighting compounds which cannot be found in formula milk. In addition, giving breast milk to premature babies protects from infection.

    Solution

    We will need to increase our provision of daily, free support to milk banks at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust), St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, King’s College Hospital, and the Trevor Mann Neonatal Unit in Brighton. We are the only charity to collect human infant milk from donors in Sussex, Surrey and London at pre-arranged times and deliver to mothers at their homes if needed.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Our goal is to rise to the number of requests from the NHS to expand our human milkbanking efforts.

    Activities

    » Collect human infant milk from donors in the South-East at pre-arranged times and deliver to the milkbanks and then to mothers at their homes.

    We monitor activity with the milkbanks and publish our activities and feedback from milkbanks on social media. Deliveries/collections are carried to suit the donors’ schedules.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Donated breast milk helps babies in need to get the best start in life, providing nutrients and hormones which are absent in formula milk. Breast milk also protects premature babies against gut infection, necrotising enterocolitis, and helps their development in the long term.
    Milk collection and delivery is organised directly by donors and milkbanks in London who call a separate, dedicated phone. These data are recorded and shared on social media plaforms.

    Risk

    In the current financial climate, the demands on SERV Sussex increase every year and the charity is constantly seeking new volunteers and funds to help deliver the service. This provides a number of challenges for the charity.
    We continue to raise funds through bucket collections and grant applications. This ensures the success of the milkbanking work we do.

    Reporting

    SERV Sussex uses social media (facebook, twitter, etc) and uses a dedicate website to raise public awareness, promote events, encourage potential volunteers to come to events and to report to donors. Confidentiality is essential in this service so the reporting has to be in this manner.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £41,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £39,400 vehicle hybrid 4x4
      £1,600 livery hi-viz livery
  • Background

    Location

    The whole of the population of Sussex, Surry and South London benefit from the work of SERV volunteers. As a local charity, in 2016, volunteers responded to over 1140 urgent calls in Sussex. With demand placed on the limited resources of the NHS, SERV Volunteers have already seen a dramatic increase in the needs for their essential and life-saving service this year.

    Beneficiaries

    We provide daily support to milk banks at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust), St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, King’s College Hospital, St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey and the Trevor Mann Neonatal Unit in Brighton. We are the only charity to collect human infant milk from donors in Sussex, Surrey and London at pre-arranged times and deliver to the milk banks in the South-East. We also deliver treated milk to mothers in their homes.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity to collect human infant milk from donors in Sussex, Surrey and London at pre-arranged times and deliver to the milk banks in the South-East. We also deliver treated milk to mothers at their homes if they need donor milk and cannot make it to the hospital to collect the supplies.
    We provider this service free of charge and were recently awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Bruce Vlarke

    Collect and delivers human donor milk on South London, Surrey and Sussex.