Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps and former midwife turned Conservative Councillor, Fiona Thomson visited Hearts Milk Bank to see the vital work this Welwyn Hatfield-based outreach program offers. They were able to see first-hand what the milk bank delivers to improve maternal and infant health, providing aid to premature, sick and vulnerable infants on the road to recovery.

Grant said: “It’s amazing that only 1% of the population know about Milk Banks and the services they provide. After seeing the work they do, it is easy to see why they have been shortlisted for the Best Non-Profit Organisation at the SME awards.

“It remains vital that they continue their fantastic research programme to educate the public on the works of organisations like Herts Milk bank. After just 6 months of being operational, it is brilliant to see how successful this is and I hope it can continue to provide benefits to the premature babies of Welwyn Hatfield and the UK.”

Gillian Weaver and Dr Natalie Shenker, co-founders of Hearts Milk Bank, said: “It was great to welcome Grant Shapps and Fiona Thompson to our groundbreaking facility at the University of Hertfordshire’s Biopark and to discuss with them, and the Unicef BFI team, how our outreach is impacting so positively on families with very tiny and vulnerable babies.

“We’re looking forward to developing the service further to enable more babies and families to benefit throughout Hertfordshire and the South East.”