Buddy Bag Foundation- an Introduction

We’re so happy to be able to introduce you to this great organisation.

Buddy Bags Foundation  were established in the UK in 2015 when the founder, Karen Williams, realised the huge need of children in an emergency care setting or fleeing a dangerous situation.

A ‘Buddy Bag’ is a backpack containing all the  essentials a child might need straight away, such as pyjamas, underwear and toiletries. They also contain a comforting item for the child, such as a book or a toy, tailored to the age of the child.

Here at The Willoughby Book Cub we know the importance of books for all children. Books provide a comfort and and escape, and reading itself is an act of freedom and resiliance. We’ve long been proud of our links with Book Aid International, and now we’re proud to be able to donate books to Buddy Bag Foundation to help children closer to home have access to books and reading at what might  be the most stressful point in their lives.


Our first donation of 180 books is winging it’s way to Buddy Bags HQ near Birmingham, and we’re looking forward to a post-Covid time when the Willoughby team can chip in and help pack the bags with the Buddy Bags team, and bring more books in person. Until then, we’ll send books whenever we are able.

Please go and read more about the aims of this great organisation: perhaps there will be a way you can help out too: https://buddybagfoundation.co.uk/


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