The Duchess of Cambridge lending a hand at Baby Basics in Dersingham. Picture: Kensington Palace

The Duchess of Cambridge has spearheaded a drive for the donation of baby goods after being inspired by a West Norfolk charity.

Kate Middleton this week lent a hand at Baby Basics in Sheffield and met families who had benefited from the cause, which provides essentials such as clothing, toiletries, bedding and nappies to vulnerable mothers-to-be.

The Duchess has brought together 19 British firms to donate more than 10,000 new items to around 40 baby banks nationwide.

Her work follows a number of visits to the West Norfolk branch of Baby Basics, based in Dersingham, where she heard about the need for donations.

The Duchess of Cambridge lending a hand at Baby Basics in Dersingham. Picture: Kensington Palace

Kate also helped volunteers at St Nicholas Church to pack Moses baskets with essential supplies and spoke to families who had received support from the branch.

Baby Basics works with health professionals, social workers and other charities and organisations such as The Purfleet Trust, food banks, Refuge and Freebridge Community Housing to reach mothers in need, particularly those from displaced groups, teenage mums, those fleeing abuse and living in poverty. 

The charity was established in 2009 in Sheffield, when a lead midwife for vulnerable women was shocked to learn mums could not afford sanitary wear after giving birth.

Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities operate baby banks across the country. See: www.baby-basics.org.uk