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Malvern Editorial 7th Feb, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A MALVERN mum is appealing for support to organise a free children’s event to promote cloth nappies, claiming they could save parents hundreds of pounds.

Penny Broderick is currently scouting locations for the May 4 exhibition but said she has already gained interest from a handful of retailers and dozens of organisations.

The 34-year-old launched her Malvern Nappy Advisory Service from her own home on Bellars Lane around five years ago when her daughter Iona was born.

She said: “People kept asking me where I got these cloth nappies. I was trying to explain to everybody at baby groups the benefits of them.

“I let some people take a couple home to try, and it just snowballed from there. Since I have had people bringing them to me and I have been collecting them off the internet.”

Penny said the potential savings for parents were dramatic, claiming the typical child uses around 5,500 nappies until potty training at an average price of 11p each, resulting in total costs of more than £600.

However she claimed converting to washable cloth nappies would only cost parents as little as £75 in the same period.

Another motivation for Penny is preventing unnecessary waste going to landfill.

Last year she loaned out 110 kits with all but two people converting to cloth nappies.

Penny claimed this prevented more than 90 tonnes going to landfill resulting in possible savings upward of £8,000 for local councils.

The mum, who also works for a baby carrier wholesalers, provides free demonstrations on using the kits.

“When people think of cloth nappies they think Terry Towels and get put off. But these are nothing like them.

“There are lots of different types, shapes, sizes and colours. It is about educating people which is why I want to hold this free children’s event.

“I am not trying to sell anything and people don’t have to buy a thing. I just want people to come along and try them out.”

Anyone wanting more information on cloth nappies or wishing to donate funds to the children’s event can contact Penny at NAS@pennybroderick.co.uk or on 01684 560526. Alternatively visit Malvern NAS on Facebook.

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