Who's supporting them? ?
Donations from Grant Makers
We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.
Major supporters in last 5 years
|The EQ Foundation||£10,000|
|The Funding Network||£8,466|
|The Childhood Trust||£2,500|
||To be used for
|Masonic Charitable Foundation |
Unrestricted matched funding in partnership with the local masonic province
|The Childhood Trust |
Much like donated blood, donor human milk is life-saving for premature babies. The Human Milk Foundation supplies donor milk to hospital neonatal intensive care units and to mums at home with cancer
|The EQ Foundation |
Unrestricted via TFN
"The fund aims to:1) To reduce closures of essential charities that provide essential services to vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 crisis by ensuring they have the financial resources to
|The Funding Network |
We currently turn down milk donations due to a lack of resources. This project would enable us to screen more of the women who want to donate their milk.
Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving
How do they operate?
Hearts Milk Bank
Objectives: To provide screened donor milk to hospital neonatal units across the UK and facilitate new research
Location: Across the UK
Description: The Hearts Milk Bank is the UK’s first independent, non-profit human milk bank founded by Dr Natalie Shenker and Gillian Weaver of The Human Milk Foundation. Having both worked in the NHS for many years, they aim to bring a new approach to the provision of milk bank services that can break the cycle of disinvestment and rationing. The charity offers equity of access to assured supplies of screened donor human milk to hospitals and community-based clinicians for babies. As a centre of research, they work on wide-ranging new programmes of studies into milk banking and human milk
Education, Training and Resources
Objectives: To supply information, education and training across the fields of human milk
Location: Across the UK
Description: The Human Milk Foundation develops resources with partners that are freely available through their website. They also provide training to medical education groups in medical school programmes and to practising doctors, and their education resources are represented on the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative Working Group for Medical Learning Outcomes
Objectives: To fund groundbreaking projects in human milk science
Location: Across the UK
Description: The Human Milk Foundation supports innovative research in the under-resourced area of public health. They were a partner in a successful bid to UKRI for research funding in the form of a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship awarded to HMF cofounder Dr Natalie Shenker. Funds enabled the creation of a human milk biorepository for research into milk composition, with the HMB acting as the recruitment and co-ordination centre
Objectives: To support research groups with grant funding who are working in key areas of the charity’s strategy
Location: Across the UK
Description: The Human Milk Foundation accept grant applications from research groups in the UK working in key areas of their charity’s research strategy. Grants are up to £12,000 and projects are peer reviewed then formally selected by their Research Committee. These include investigating the evidence for the use of donor milk and how that impacts on infant health, maternal physical and mental health, and breastfeeding rates; understanding the composition and variability of human milk within and across individuals and populations, and how donor milk may be used as a therapeutic tool; understanding the health economic, psychosocial
How effective are they?
|Y/E||Hospitals supported by the Heart Milk Bank to access donor milk||Milk donors recruited||Families in the community supported with donor milk||Litres of milk collected and heat-treated|
Who works here?
DR NATALIE SHENKER
Co-Founder and Director
Natalie is an Oxford-trained doctor and researcher, with interests in developmental biology and cancer risk. She cofounded the Hearts Milk Bank in 2016. In 2019 she was awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship at Imperial College London
Gillian has worked in milk banking and dietetics for over 30 years. She acts as a consultant for NGOs and governments globally, and is past President of the European Milk Bank Association
Director of Communications
Flic has over 13 years' experience in digital marketing. With a psychology degree, and having previously worked in the NHS, she has a particular passion for campaigns that make a positive difference to people’s lives and is producing creative for the HMF to change conversations about human milk
Director of Lactation Services
Jo is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who leads the charity’s support services and works closely with all of the families who receive donor milk. She joined the charity after leaving the NHS where she worked for many years as a midwife and Infant Feeding Lead
Director of Technical Services
Naomi has been with the Hearts Milk Bank since the beginning and now manages the lab team which processes, pasteurises and packs all the donated milk. She previously worked in hospital pharmacy, and is a breastfeeding counsellor and post-natal doula
Director of Implementation
Amanda is responsible for the day to day running of the milk bank, including coordinating our donor milk hubs and the logistics of donor milk coming into the milk bank and being distributed to hospitals and recipients. She also takes a keen interest in the science behind milk banking, having studied biochemistry and worked in science
How is it governed?
Current Trustees appointed
Gemma has lived experience of of HMF work having been a milk donor following the birth of her son. She is a Consultant Obstetrician with a special interest in maternal medicine at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, providing holistic care for women with diabetes and other medical conditions in pregnancy and beyond.....more
After spending 9 years as a primary school teacher and Deputy Head in inner London, Emma became a mother and realised how desperately breastfeeding support was needed by so many. She qualified as a Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers in 2007 and started volunteering on the Department of Health’s National....more
Tina is co-founder and director of TCR UK Solutions, implementing scalable systems and processes for life science companies. She has 25 years’ life science business experience and is an experienced charity trustee
- Charity registered in England & Wales on 11/04/2017, number: 1172522
- Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
- Campaigns and political activity policy and procedures
- Complaints handling
- Conflicting interests
- Financial reserves policy and procedures
- Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
- Internal risk management policy and procedures
- Paying staff
- Risk management
- Safeguarding policy and procedures
- Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
- Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
- Trustee expenses policy and procedures
- Volunteer management
ROTHAMSTED RESEARCHWEST COMMONHARPENDENAL5 2JQ
THE OBJECT[S] OF THE CIO ARE:(1) THE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH OF MOTHERS AND INFANTS IN PARTICULAR BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY BY THE PROVISION OF INFORMATION AND ADVICE IN ALL AREAS OF HUMAN MILK BANKING.(2) TO ADVANCE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH IN THE FIELD OF HEALTH IN PARTICULAR BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE UNDERSTANDING OF HUMAN MILK WITH THE DISSEMINATION OF THE USEFUL RESULTS OF SUCH RESEARCH.
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