Childbirth Trust branch may fold
PUBLISHED: 17:06 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 31 May 2010
FALLING numbers of volunteers has put the future of a childbirth charity in jeopardy. The Saffron Walden branch of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) has been supporting pregnant women in the town for over 12 years. Now the charity is appealing for help
FALLING numbers of volunteers has put the future of a childbirth charity in jeopardy.
The Saffron Walden branch of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) has been supporting pregnant women in the town for over 12 years.
Now the charity is appealing for help after a drop in the number of committee members, including the loss of chairman Sharon Morris who is expecting a baby.
Branch antenatal teacher Clea Harmer said: "It is possible the branch could close if no-one can take the helm.
"The situation is now quite crucial because without a chairman it is very difficult for the branch to be coordinated."
The Saffron Walden NCT offers a number of services to expectant women and their partners including antenatal classes, breastfeeding support and drop-in coffee mornings.
The branch runs the Tiddlers & Tots group at the United Reformed Church in Saffron Walden every Thursday morning, and the Bumps & Babes group on Tuesday mornings.
Treasurer and acting chairman Francesca Brooke said: "The NCT offers a huge amount of support to couples who are expecting and it would be a great loss to the town if we couldn't continue.
"We help people who have just moved into the area, who are expecting or have young children, to make new friends and find the support they need."
Many of the NCT's services are free or subsidised and the branch needs an active committee to look for fund-raising opportunities. The biggest money-raising event in the branch's calendar is the twice-a-year nearly-new sale, which is next being held at Great Chesterford Community Centre from 11am to 1pm on Saturday.
"The Saffron Walden NCT has grown enormously in the 11 years I have been with the group," said Mrs Harmer who lives in Elmdon.
"When I moved to the area from London the branch was only 18 months old. In its time it has helped a lot of first-time parents to prepare for birth and early parenthood and I hope it will continue to do so."
People who are interested in volunteering for the Saffron Walden NCT should contact them via e-mail email@example.com or call the information line on 07020 968522.
For more information about the NCT visit www.nct.org.uk
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