I am pleased to support The Dettol Baby Blanket Donation which aims to promote the dangers of bacteria on blankets and highlight the shortage of baby blankets available to infants born to disadvantaged families.
Dettol and celebrity mum Rachel Stevens are encouraging mums across the UK to “keep the memories, not the bacteria” by donating a blanket via Freepost and sharing their special recollections and photographs of their babies’ blanket on social media. Once collected, the baby blankets will be hygienically washed with Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser before being re-distributed by Dettol to families in need.
Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser has also pledged to donate £1 for every blanket collected to children’s medical research charity, Sparks, to raise much needed funds for UK families with children who are affected by serious illness or disability. Every minute of every day, approximately 50 babies are born into poverty1 and will experience conditions lacking basic essentials including hygienically clean blankets. Poor hygiene conditions can contribute to illnesses such as diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration.
Laboratory tests commissioned by Dettol – on washed blankets donated by volunteer mums
– show that baby ‘blankies’ carry a variety of bacteria even after a 40°C wash with a third
of the washed blankets harbouring coliforms – a group of bacteria linked to faeces. Dettol is hoping to raise awareness of this research as well as donate much needed funds to support children’s health.
I have been lucky enough to have had several beautiful blankets since I was born, and I want to help spread the word to help those babies who are not as lucky as me. I am also lucky enough to be really healthy.
Zillah Bingley, Chief Executive at Sparks, said: “We’re delighted to be part of this exciting campaign. By working together with Dettol we can make sure more children are born healthy and stay healthy. One in 30 babies in the UK is born with a condition which may affect them for life. Yet, each year less than £10 per child is spent on research into children’s health. Sparks funds pioneering research to change this. Our medical breakthroughs improve the health of thousands of children but this is only possible thanks to the generous support of individuals and families across the UK.”
Blanket donations will be collected until the end of December. Memories can be shared with @DettolBlanket #sharethememories or on Dettol’s Mission for Health Facebook page. For full details on how to donate please visit www.dettol.co.uk/donate
Blankets can be donated via Freepost (no stamp required) to: Dettol Baby Blanket Donation FREEPOST RTKJ-YSGS-SSHR The Hay Loft Balcombe Place Stables
Balcombe RH17 6AZ