How you can help

Donate items

We are fortunate to live in a city of kind and generous people who are passionate about helping other families.  We are happy to accept new and pre-loved items and gift them to families who need them most. 

Occasionally, we may be unable to use donated items, in which case we will strive to pass them on to other organisations or sell the item to help us fund support for local families.

We have donation days each month where we accept donations, details of which will be shared on our monthly Wish List.  Please check our Wish List for items we currently need, if an item is not on the list it means we are currently well stocked.

As a small charity we are unable to offer a collection service but there is parking available outside our building and a member of the team will be happy to help you unload and carry items from your car.

Please see the list of items we can and can’t accept.


Please ensure all items are in full working order and there are no missing parts. We are a small team and unable to replace parts or fix broken items. We want to give all children the best start in life and the opportunity to thrive and we strongly feel all items we gift to families should reflect this.  We appreciate your understanding.

Prem baby to 4 years old suitable for boys and girls

Books – no writing on pages
Toys – all parts must be in good order
Puzzles – all pieces to be included
Small stuffed toys / teddies
Play mats and play gyms
Bouncers and rockers

Moses basket and stands
Cots and cot beds – no mattresses
Bedding – blankets, sheets, duvets and covers suitable for cots / cot beds

Bottles and teats – must be in unopened and sterile packaging
Children’s drinking cups – unused

Baby baths and bath supports
Changing mats
Changing bags
Prams and pushchairs
High chairs
Stair gates – pressure fit only
Sterilisers – microwave only

Nappies and nappy bags
Bubble bath
Baby soap
Nappy cream
Talcum powder
Tooth brushes

Maternity pads
Nursing pads
Hygiene wipes

Please refer to our safety checklist when considering donating larger items

Unable to accept

The reasoning for not accepting these items are due to safety, hygiene and storage space. We strive to ensure all items donated to families are safe to use and comply with UK safety regulations. 
We have limited storage space and prioritise items which are most needed and regularly requested.

Large toys
Bicycles & scooters

Used mattresses
Bed guards / bumpers
Cot mobiles

Breast feeding equipment – pillows, pumps
Used bottles & teats
Used dummies

Baby monitors
Car seats
Door bouncers
Electrical items
Baby nests

We can’t accept any toiletries which have been opened or have damaged packaging
Used potties & toilet seats
Nappy bins

We do not accept any furniture
Nursery décor – pictures, lights, curtains

Maternity / nursing clothing
Baby advice / pregnancy books

Donate money

You can donate money to help fund essentials for families in need via our JustGiving Page.

You can send us a cheque directly to our offices at:
Love, Amelia
The Co-op Centre
Please make cheques payable to Love, Amelia.

If you prefer, you can stop by our office and make a donation in person. Please contact us prior to your office visit to ensure a member of the team is available to greet you.

Donate time

If you would like to volunteer your time on a regular or ad-hoc basis, we would love to hear from you. You can volunteer as an individual or as a group to make a real difference to our community. 

Our office is located near to the Town Centre and has plenty on-site parking. Please get in touch to discuss opportunities to volunteer. 

You can also donate your time by offering your professional skills to help Love, Amelia run successfully. This can include; HR, finance, admin, fundraising, legal, communications. Please contact us directly to discuss how you can help.


Fundraising events are a great way of helping us to promote Love, Amelia whilst raising funds to help keep the charity operational. Fundraising events are a fun way to engage with your community and help support families across Sunderland and South Tyneside. If you would like to arrange your own Love, Amelia fundraiser, please get in touch with us and we can help promote the event.