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More storage needed to help charity supporting families

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

A volunteer has appealed for support as her home has become a store room for the charity she works for.

Vicky Pastuch, branch co-ordinator for the parent and children’s organisation NCT Wolverhampton, began volunteering at the beginning of the year.

After taking on her new role two months ago, the house she shares with her young children has since become a storage facility for the charity’s donations.

NCT receives donations of various children’s items, including cots, toys, clothes and bedding, the majority of which are kept at Vicky’s home before being sent to families in need.

Vicky has had to make extra space in outbuildings in her garden and even moved her living room into a smaller room to make way for the donations.

She said: “We try and spread the items between the volunteers homes but we are struggling for space. We’re making do at the moment.”

Parts of Vicky's home have become storage spaces

The donations were previously stored in a garage in the city centre, however, they encountered problems with keeping the items dry so needed an alternative space.

Vicky’s home has also become a drop off point for donations, which she said was becoming quite disruptive for her family.

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“A lot of people don’t realise how much effort and how many hours we put in as volunteers,” she said.

“We don’t get paid for it, but we’re not in it for money, we do it to help a lot of people and give back to those who need it.”

The charity, which is hosting a nearly-new sale on September 14, at Springvale Methodist Church, is looking for community spaces to become drop off points and will accept donations for the charity.

NCT is not-for-profit and entirely run by volunteers.

They receive donations from various community groups and anything they can’t use is given to Bilston Outreach which helps the homeless.

Anyone wishing to donate items, sponsor or get involved can get in touch by emailing babybundles.wolverhampton@nct.org.uk

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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