The Scottish Government’s Baby Box scheme is being hailed as a great success as 455 families in Orkney have already benefited from receiving one.
In Scotland as a whole, over 120,000 Baby Boxes have been delivered since April 2017.
Scotland’s Baby Box contains a selection of clothes, as well as every day must-haves, like a bath towel, a travel changing mat, muslin cloth squares, a bib, a digital thermometer, and books.
Local MSP Maree Todd, SNP, who is also the Scottish Government’s Minister for Children and Young People, said:
“Every child, regardless of their circumstances, should get the best start in life.
“At the heart of the Baby Box is a message about tackling inequality, improving health and supporting new parents – which is why I’m delighted to see that 455 have been sent to families across Orkney.
“96% of expectant parents are now requesting a Baby Box – and more than 120,000 have been delivered across Scotland.
“That’s a huge vote of confidence in the Baby Box, which will be vitally important in our efforts to ensure that all children get the best start in life.”