What to donate

If you have clothes, toys or other items for babies and children that you no longer use, we can pass them on to a local family who really needs them.

Here’s what you need to do before you bring your items to us:

Step 1.

Please check the list of baby and children’s items we rehome to see if we can take what you have to donate.

Step 2.

If the items you have match what we can rehome, please email us with a list of what you have to offer and check our ‘How to donate page to find out where to take your items and when.

Please note that we are not currently resourced to offer a collection service.  If you aren’t in the Surrey area click here to find a baby bank near you.

Step 3.

If you have a cot, pram, pushchair or highchair, these items have mandatory safety standards. We can only rehome them if they pass our safety checklist and meet the standards. Please take a few minutes to read the standards below.

Tips when assessing items for suitability:

Donate baby items in SurreyDonating cots

 

Check that the rails and base slats are present and are not splintered or otherwise damaged. Any metal rails or bars should not be bent or damaged.
Assembly instructions MUST be provided with the cot and all screws/fittings placed in a sealed bag and securely taped to the cot frame. If you do not have the instructions then check online as many are available to print, or get in touch with us with details of the make/manufacturer and we will advise if we can source them.

Donating highchairs

We can rehome highchairs if they have a tray, safety harness, are sturdy and secure, with brakes if on casters and are clean.

Donating prams/buggies/pushchairs

For pre-loved prams, pushchairs etc, it is also important to check that it is in good condition. Here is a handy checklist which shouldn’t take long to complete:

  • Ensure there are no sharp edges or points
  • The folding chassis’ must have a primary and secondary locking device. Do they both engage and work properly?
  • Is the safety harness in good condition? Make sure the harness is secure and the straps are not frayed.
  • Check the wheels are secure and that there is no evidence of any heavy wear on the edges of wheels
  • Does the parking brake work both forwards and backwards, and does it engage properly?
  • Check the general stability of the pram in all directions (forwards, backwards and sideways left and right)
  • Have the tubes or linkages been bent by heavy impact with kerns or stairs?
  • Can small fingers be trapped? Ensure that exposed tubes still have some means of preventing fingers from getting trapped
  • Is the permanent label headed ‘Carelessness Causes Fire’ is present indicating compliance with the flammability requirements? – if not, the item must be rejected as all upholstered items have to comply with flammability labelling

Donating safety gates

If you have a safety gate to donate, please try to remember to include the adjuster screws and bolts, suction cups for mounting on the wall, any extension bolts etc with it, in a clear plastic bag, taped to the gate.

Donating clothes

All clothing should be freshly laundered please and sorted and bagged by size and gender. We stock sizes Newborn to 13 years.
If clothing or linen has been in storage it’s important that it is washed again before donating to us. Stripey Stork prides itself on passing on items in great condition. It makes all the difference to the mum on the receiving end. If you are not sure whether your clothing donation is suitable or not, a good barometer is would you give it to the children of a good friend? If the answer is yes, we are happy to receive it.

Donating toys

We re-home toys for children up to the age of 5, so toys, games, puzzles and books are very welcome. If you would like to donate your pre-loved soft toys we ask that you please wash them first (please note that due to space constraints we only take small soft toys; if you have large ones please take them to your local charity shop).


What we do NOT re-home

We also do not re-home used mattresses (of any type), electrical items, potties/toilet seats, door bouncers, Bumbo seats,  car seats (of any type), used breast pumps (of any type) or maternity or adult clothing. Please review this list of what we can and cannot home and if in doubt please email us.

If you are unsure whether your donation is safe you can check against our safety checklist. You can also assist by ensuring that your donation is cleaned before you bring it to us.

FAQs

Please see our FAQs if you have a question that is not covered here.