It was safety first for Kate Middleton as she publicly wore a face mask for the first time on Tuesday. The Duchess of Cambridge donned the facial covering for her visit to the volunteer-led project Baby Basics in Sheffield. The mom of three’s liberty print mask is from one of her go-to childrenswear brands: Amaia Kids. The floral cotton mask retails for $19.62 with 30 percent of all proceeds benefiting NHS Charities Together. The mask is also available in a children’s size ($15.69). Kate teamed the stylish protective accessory with her Suzannah Wiggle dress ($2,419.41), which she wore to Wimbledon last year, and her Tabitha Simmon snakeskin pumps.
The Duchess visited the baby bank charity on Aug. 4 to launch a new initiative. Princess Charlotte’s mom brought together 19 British brands and retailers to donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks across the Uk to help support vulnerable families. “Over recent months, I have heard from families who have been supported by baby banks through the most difficult of times and I have been deeply moved by their stories. Having somewhere to turn to for support is important for all families, and baby banks work every day, up and down the country, to provide immediate, tangible and practical help for parents and carers when they are most in need,” Kate said of the initiative.
She added, “Baby banks are driven by incredible volunteers, demonstrating the power of community spirit in supporting families and coming together to raise the next generation. Thanks to the generosity of the companies taking part in this initiative, baby banks across the UK will be able to support even more families through this particularly challenging time.”
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To help support the most vulnerable families in the UK, The Duchess of Cambridge has brought together 19 British brands and retailers to donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks across the UK. The Duchess helped unpack donations at Baby Basics UK in Sheffield before talking to parents about how baby banks have provided them with invaluable support when they have needed it most. Take a look at our Story📱to see more from behind the scenes and meet some of the families supported by the extraordinary work of baby banks. Following private visits to Baby Basics West Norfolk where The Duchess heard more about the baby bank’s need for donations, she spearheaded a drive for donations of items for babies from brands and high street retailers. In total, nineteen brands have donated items to @Baby_Basics, @littlevillageHQ and @abernecessities_scio, who operate baby banks across the UK. #SupportingBabyBanks
During the engagement, the Duchess helped unpack donations and spoke with parents about how baby banks have provided them with support. Kate revealed that she was overcome with emotion after listening to stories of families she met during a previous visit to a baby bank in West Norfolk. She told volunteers (via HOLA! USA’s sister brand HELLO!), “It can get very emotional. I remember a couple of the families I met from King’s Lynn and I went home and literally burst into tears, their stories were so moving. The struggles they have gone through, the bravery they have shown...in extraordinary circumstances. Helping their families through extraordinary times.”