Who we are

Stripey Stork was established in August in 2013. We are a small charity based in Surrey started by a group of mums who wanted to see the items their babies and children no longer needed re-used in the local community.

The concept is simple. We take donations of new and pre-loved toys, clothes and equipment for babies and children and, after making sure they’re safe and clean, rehome them with local families in need.

We take referrals from local health and community professionals and all items are passed on free of charge.

  • In our first year we responded to 356 requests for help. Read our Stripey Stork Annual Report 2013_2014 here.
  • In our second full year of operation we responded to 534 requests for help and won a number of awards. Read our Stripey Stork Annual Report 2014_2015 here.
  • In our third year we moved to a 2000 sq ft space in Redhill – affectionately known as the ‘Nest’ – and responded to 815 requests for help.

Our aim is to respond to 1500 requests for help in 2017.

Stripey Stork is a registered charity in England and Wales (1161613). 


Our board of trustees


Nicola Dawes

Founder & Chair of Trustees

Nicola lives in Reigate and is a mum of two. She founded Stripey Stork after trying to find a good home for all the baby clothes, toys and other items her children no longer needed. It was clear there was a need for donations in the local area but the support agencies she spoke to said they had difficulty storing and sorting any items they were offered. She realised there was a gap for someone to act as the conduit between those who had items to give and those who so desperately needed them.

Nicola wants Stripey Stork to be a real community venture – local families helping local families – but managed and developed in such a way that other communities could adopt the concept in their area too.


Jenny Benfield

Treasurer and Trustee


Margarida Littlefair

Secretary and Trustee


Sarah Cape

Trustee – HR


Karen Lord

Trustee – Legal & Commercial


Paul English

Trustee – Marketing & Communications