Mick McCabe

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Business venture will boost local children’s charities

Recycle and reuse are the buzz words behind a new business venture that’s got kids written all over it.

North East dad Mick McCabe has launched an online marketplace dedicated to selling pre-loved children’s items.

Not only will the new venture make life a little easier for cash-strapped parents it will boost the funds of three children’s charities.

Latest figures show that providing for a new baby can cost up to £10,000, and during these challenging financial times more and more parents are struggling to make ends meet.

Mick’s business venture – KidsLikeNew – allows parents to sell children’s items at knock down prices instead of them gathering dust in the garage or worse still, being taken to waste centres.

And a percentage of every sale is donated to charity.

The site currently donates to three children’s charities - Cash For Kids, Children’s Heart Unit Fund and the Evening Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund.

The business intends to increase that number.

As more than 700,000 babies are born every year in the UK the number of potential customers is huge, and the more people using the site the more money will pour into the charities’ funds.

Mick said: “When I became a dad it soon became apparent that the sheer number of items needed for a baby and subsequently a growing child could soon add up to a significant amount.

“And because babies grow at an incredible rate many of those items are still like new but no longer needed.

“There must be mountains of baby goods in every loft and garage across the country and at the moment they are just gathering dust when they could be bought by families on a limited budget.”

Mick wants the website www.kidslikenew.com to become an online community, complete with a blog and forum offering support and advice to parents.

Everything will be for sale at a fixed price - set by the seller and including postage. Listings are free and the site operates a ‘no sale no fee policy’.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Lottie King .

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