Solihull College student turned babybank driver named as 'hero' by Lord Mayor - The Solihull Observer

Solihull College student turned babybank driver named as 'hero' by Lord Mayor

Solihull Editorial 13th May, 2020   0

A CHARITABLE Solihull College student has been praised in a letter by Birmingham’s Lord Mayor.

Liam Hindley, 22, from Selly Park in Birmingham, has been volunteering for the Brum Baby Bank, driving parcels of nappies, baby formula, clothes and baby foods to needy families across the city.

Brum Baby Bank is the ‘brainchild’ of local activists Kirsten Kurt-Elli and Nicky Brennan. The pair are collecting donations to fill shopping lists for worried parents. A Gofundme fundraising webpage has been set up for cash donations to help pay for goods for the poorest families, while donors are also asked to provide nappies, formula milk, baby food and wipes.

Games Design & Virtual Reality student Liam responded after seeing a call out for volunteers on Twitter. He has now been volunteering for over a month, he said: “The experience has given me motivation. With my autism it really helps as it gives me a pattern and a routine. It has helped me take my mind off my own worries and enabled me to help people who are less fortunate then myself and to support my local community.”

Birmingham Lord Mayor Mohammed Azim wrote to Liam saying: “I am sure through the work you are doing you are improving the lives of many people during this crisis and ensuring they don’t miss out on essential items…you truly are a hero in these very challenging times.”

Liam hopes to build a piece of software to help vulnerable people enjoy places they wouldn’t otherwise be able to in a virtual environment.

Families who need support for baby supplies should email [email protected].

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