Unique group lives to see another day after funding boost

Multiple Magic is based at Brambles Childcare Centre in Amble. Picture Jane Coltman
Multiple Magic is based at Brambles Childcare Centre in Amble. Picture Jane Coltman

An under-threat group which supports multiple-birth families has been saved after receiving a vital cash boost, keeping it going for another 12 months.

The future of Multiple Magic, based at Brambles Childcare Centre, in Amble, was thrown into jeopardy recently after crucial funding came to an end.

Brambles Childcare Centre in Amble.'Picture Jane Coltman

Brambles Childcare Centre in Amble.'Picture Jane Coltman

But now, the Community Foundation has stepped in to help, by offering a £1,500 grant. It means that the monthly sessions – aimed specifically at families with twins, triplets or more – can continue for another year.

Group coordinator Ailsa Dellbridge said: “It is brilliant news. We ran our last session in April and we thought that would be the last one because of the lack of funds. But thanks to the Community Foundation, we can go for another 12 months and we are delighted.

“The parents are really pleased with the news because they had established a nice network.”

The group will resume on July 31 and will meet on the last Friday of each month from 10am to 11.30am. It is free for all parents/carers and their multiple-birth children up to the age of three. The group currently caters for seven sets of twins and one set of triplets from around the region, but can cater for more.

Ailsa said: “It is the only group of its kind in Northumberland.

“Families with twins, triplets and more can meet and discuss the challenges and joys of life as a multiple-birth family.

“We also provide the chance for them to participate in activities not always easy to do at home with more than one child, like messy play or arts and crafts.”

For more information, call Brambles on 01665 710453.