Picnic Review and Summer Updates
Summer picnic success
Our summer picnic this year was sunny, friendly, full of excellent cake, and enjoyed by all! There are lots of great pictures going round on the main Facebook page if you want to see what it was like at the new venue. We were especially pleased to have Jolene from Action Club, who got all the children dancing, and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, who caused a lot of excitement with the appearance of Teddy Medic and all their great freebies and activities!
The raffle included top-quality prizes including a Starbucks coffee machine, tickets to the cricket, nights out at some very nice restaurants, and some great-value money-off vouchers. It raised more than £350 for the club. The bake-off was won by Mathew Cooper with his super-yummy double lemon cake. In fact all the cakes were delicious and there was not much left at the end. Thank you to all who baked…. And all who judged the entries! Donations by bake-off judges raised another £50.
STSC events co-ordinators Suzanne Harnett and Sarah Boyce-Pendleton were the masterminds of a superb day out, which also raised some good money towards club activities and projects. Well done ladies!
Using our funds to help twin families
With club funds on the rise, we’re currently investing in facilities for our new stay-and-play venue, to make it easier to store our things, provide a baby gate for the door and hopefully provide some new toys and activities. Our Thursday club is a much-valued support group for many multiple parents, especially new mums. If you have ideas for things that would make it better, please let us know and we will factor in your thoughts.
We have also donated some club funds to support a former club member whose twins are in need of support. Becky Hatch, whose twins Alfie and Poppy were born some 12 weeks early, needs to buy a special needs pushchair for her twins, who both have cerebral palsy. We have donated £500 towards the push chair, which costs £4,000. Becky has been raising money for the push chair through all sorts of activities – and we have just learned that she has reached her goal and bought the pushchair! Well done to Becky and family for their massive fundraising effort.
‘Bumps week’ at club: Help expectant multiple parents get ready
In the autumn we will be trialling a new initiative at club: ‘Bumps week’. On a ‘bumps week’ everyone will be welcome to club as normal but we will make it a special welcome for expectant parents, who may want to meet you, the people who are already experts at bringing up multiples!
We’re hoping to let them try out different double buggies, ask questions about cars/ sleeping arrangements/ home help etc…. or, if it is more helpful, they can just have a sit down and we will bring them cups of tea and biscuits. We’ve had feedback that expectant parents sometimes feel apprehensive about attending club, but we know from Facebook that most of them have many questions that can be answered by the parents who have already been through it all, so we’d like to try to offer them a special welcome. If you are free on Thursday 29 September or Thursday 24 November from 10am to 11.30am, and you’d like to come and chat with new/ expectant parents at Bumps Week, please come along to club. If you can bring your buggy or any other kit that you think they’d like to try, please do.
We will be promoting Bumps Week dates through local hospitals, at the regular talks we give at the Princess Anne, and hopefully through midwives where we can establish contact. If you can think of any other ways to promote Bumps Week to expectant parents (or you have any useful contacts!) please let us know.