The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have thanked the public for donating money to charity in lieu of baby gifts ahead of their impending family arrival.
Last week, the couple – who are expecting their first child any day – asked if, instead of presents, whether contributions could be made to a select four charities that they have personal connections with – Baby2Baby, Well Child, Little Village and The Lunchbox Fund. They shared individual Instagram posts focusing on each respective organisation, explaining their work and goals.
Seven days on, the couple broke down the impact that the donations have had on each of the charities via Instagram.
“Their royal highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made,” read a statement. “YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have a made a real difference.
“Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much.”
As a result of the charitable donations, Lunchbox Fund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa; Little Village has increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energised their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers; Well Child can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital; and Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the world.
This post originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.