Earlier this week on Tuesday, The Duchess of Cambridge made a video call to the founder of London-based Baby Bank Little Village as well as mums, Vicky and Yelda, who received support from the organization marking its fifth anniversary. The Duchess of Cambridge learnt about the charity work and support they provide to mothers.
The video call highlighted the emotional, as well as practical support mothers, have received from London-based charity Little Village which provides clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children up to the age of five.
“It must be such a lifeline to you to have a support network like this” – The Duchess of Cambridge
Founder Sophia Parker told the Duchess of Cambridge that Little Village’s volunteers have phoned 7000 families to retain a sense of connection & community during the pandemic and they also delivered essential items for children. Sophia informed Catherine that the charity has not been able to welcome families into their hubs for almost a year now, so it is vital for them to retain this sense of connection and community as well as continuing to deliver essential items to families.
You might remember, The Duchess of Cambridge visited the baby bank last year to help them pack donation boxes when she launched a major initiative bringing together 19 British brands to donate more than 25,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks nationwide. Since 2016 the baby bank has supported more than 11,000 children by providing struggling parents with essentials such as nappies, toys, clothing and equipment.
The Duchess of Cambridge asked Vicky and Yelda how they are coping and about the support they’ve received from Little Village. Vicky told The Duchess, “As soon as I walked in (to Little Village) it was like a huge family unit. It was absolutely amazing.” Vicky has been supported by the baby bank for more than three and a half years since her daughter.
During the video call, Vicky’s little daughter Isla popped up on the screen wearing a sparkly hairband and dress. Catherine was absolutely delighted to see the little girl. “Can she say hello to you quickly?” asked Vicky. The Duchess of Cambridge replied happily “I’d love that,” and talked to Isla “Hi Isla. You look very nice today. I love your hairband.”
“I’m a princess today. It’s snowing outside.” little Isla told her. Talking to Vicky the Duchess said, “You know, looking after yourself as a mum is just as important and it’s (great) Vicky that you’ve got the supportive Little Village for the practical things but also the emotional things as well… help you do the best job you possibly can.”
For the video call, The Duchess of Cambridge was looking absolutely gorgeous in white and black. She was wearing LK Bennett Liv Cream Cotton-Merino Wool Collared Jumper. Thanks to Pam Walters on Twitter for the id.
The £125 cream jumper is described as, “Bringing a retro feel to a simple knit, our new Liv jumper is a chic transitional style. Crafted from a soft cotton and merino wool blend in the cream, this stylish knit has a Seventies-inspired collar, a short placket with navy buttons, long sleeves, a regular fit and navy stitch detail. Wear it with a tailored pair of trousers or flared denim to echo the vintage vibe”.
The Duchess of Cambridge paired the LK Bennett Liv Cream Cotton-Merino Wool Collared Jumper with Holland Cooper High Waisted Peg Trousers in Black Barathea. Thanks to Middleton Maven for the id.
And was wearing gold hoops that are still unidentified.