A DETERMINED new mum from Inverkip has been inspired to set up a 'baby bank' with clothes and toys to help needy families.

Louise Harris started thinking about the idea just over five months ago, when she had her daughter, Mabel. 

The 40-year-old says that while she is aware of similar set-ups elsewhere, including one in Glasgow, she believes there is a real need for one locally.

Louise said: "When I was pregnant and looking for maternity clothes, it was almost impossible to find them in charity shops. 

"I realise now that I have all these maternity outfits that I will never wear again, and I don't want mums to have the same problem I did.

"I thought about giving them to charity shops, but I want to make sure they get to the mums who need them.

"I think setting up a dedicated baby bank would be a great way to do that."

Louise says she is willing to work with anyone else who would like to help her establish the baby bank and develop it.

As a first-time mum, she has been impressed by the help provided to new parents across Inverclyde, but feels more practical help could be provided for them.

She told the Tele: "The provision for new mums in terms of support is great and the government's baby box is fantastic.

"But if you're struggling, there's not a huge amount of help out there for things like clothes and toys. 

"Having access to barely worn maternity clothes, baby clothes, and toys would be really appreciated."

Louise volunteers for Compassionate Inverclyde and hopes there could be potential for volunteering opportunities for mums once the baby bank is established. 

She is now searching for potential venues for her new charity initiative and would be interested in hearing from anyone who could offer facilities.

Louise said: "I think this would be a great thing for parents and babies to have in Inverclyde. 

"I'm really hoping to see a good response from the community."

To get in touch with Louise, email msweez@gmail.com