Amble multiple-birth group to close as funds are axed

Triplets Eva, Emilia and Emma Griffiths with Ailsa Dellbridge of Brambles Childcare Centre in Amble.'Picture Jane Coltman

Triplets Eva, Emilia and Emma Griffiths with Ailsa Dellbridge of Brambles Childcare Centre in Amble.'Picture Jane Coltman

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A unique group dedicated to supporting multiple-birth families is set to close following a funding cut.

The scheme is designed to help families with twins or triplets to receive some form of respite from the struggles of parenting two or three children at once.

As the project is classed as an ‘additional expense’ the funding has come to an end and would need further investment from the community or other charities.

With the final session tomorrow, Brambles assistant Ailsa Dellbridge, said the service is too important not to have.

“It’s hard when there’s three running around and we give that support from our workers to give a hand.

“There are so many problems in multiple-birth families and we’re here to help establish routines.

“Multiple Magic is the only one of its kind in Northumberland and families travel form all over region once a month.”

The support that Ailsa and her colleagues give is a chance for families in the region who are ‘all in the same boat’ to come together and share and learn together.

“It’s different to having one as when one is asleep the other might not be. You also need to establish feeding times for the two or three who may need it at the same time,” Ailsa said.

To help support the cause, contact the team or Brambles manager Pauline Donoghue on 01665 710453.