Glenda Serpell with 9 month old Adeline Dunthorne. Photo: Andrew Perryman.

The last thing anybody wants to imagine is babies in the City of Greater Bendigo who don’t have enough clothes, blankets and swaddles to keep them warm.

But according to the Victorian Council of Social Service the poverty rate in Bendigo is 14 per cent, with 13,600 people living in poverty.

Aware of this level of poverty, founder of Sunshine Bendigo, Glenda Serpell, says the organisation serves those in the community who are struggling to care for their babies.

As such Ms Serpell is pleased to announce the Love To Dream organisation has given a national donation of up to $500,000.

The money will be spent on swaddles, sleep bags and sleep suits and has been given to 14 charities around Australia, including Sunshine Bendigo.

“These amazing sleep suits will add value to the goods we give, showing extra care by offering something new and of value,” Ms Serpell said.

“We feel grateful and fortunate to have been able to deliver our mission over the past 10 years to help babies and parents achieve safer, better, longer sleep.

“Sleep is critical to a family’s health and wellbeing and that is why it’s so important to us to reach out and support these families in need.”

To donate or volunteer time to Sunshine Bendigo please visit the website www.sunshinebendigo.org.au.