Find out how to donate to Dettol's baby blanket donation appeal, and how you could win a bottle of Dettol Anti-Bacterial Laundry Cleanser.
There is still time to donate to Dettol’s Baby Blanket Donation Campaign, fronted by celebrity mum of two Rachel Stevens.
The donation appeal aims to raise awareness of the dangers of bacteria on baby blankets, particularly during the cold & flu season, whilst highlighting the shortage of baby blankets available to infants born to families in need.
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.
Once collected, the baby blankets you donate will be hygienically washed with Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser - an additive that kills 99.9% of bacteria even in temperatures as low as 15°C - before being re-distributed to families in need. Dettol 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.
Rachel commented: “The Dettol Baby Blanket Donation really resonated with me as a mum. I remember bringing my girls home for the first time in theirs and what a special time that was. Many babies across the world will never get the chance to experience the comfort of a warm, clean blanket. That’s the reason why I’m supporting the campaign, asking mums to donate blankets to those in need so that those babies don’t miss out.”
Watch Dettol’s behind-the-scenes video with Rachel below.
Blankets can be donated via Freepost (no stamp required) to:
Dettol Baby Blanket Donation
The Hay Loft
Balcombe Place Stables
£1 donated by Dettol to Sparks for every blanket received up to 5,000 blankets.
The Dettol Baby Blanket Donation is encouraging parents across the UK to share precious baby blanket memories on Twitter @DettolBlanket #sharethememories or on Dettol’s Mission for Health Facebook page.
For full details on how to donate visit www.dettol.co.uk/donate