NCT Stamford, Bourne and Deeping branch wins award for community work

Members of the NCT Stamford Bourne and Deeping Branch who were highly commended for their Tiddlywinks group. From left, NCT president Sue Saxey, Susanne Denton, Caroline Hartley, Rachel Bush and Sharon Hodgson MP, Shadow Children's Minister.
Members of the NCT Stamford Bourne and Deeping Branch who were highly commended for their Tiddlywinks group. From left, NCT president Sue Saxey, Susanne Denton, Caroline Hartley, Rachel Bush and Sharon Hodgson MP, Shadow Children's Minister.
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A CHARITY which supports parents and young children has been rewarded for its work within the community.

The NCT Stamford, Bourne and Deeping branch claimed the Fundraising Success of the Year title at the national NCT Stars Awards.

The award comes as a result of its successful second-hand sales as well as a cheeky monkey tea party, baby fair and pamper evening.

The team, which includes Claire Rowan, Annie Cooke, Sarah Stephen-Smith, Rachel Bush, Sally Midlen, Claudette Joint, Lucy Bateson, Kat Tuplin and Becky Amos, collected their award as a ceremony at the House of Lords on Wednesday last week.

Branch chairman Lucy Bateson said: “We are delighted to win this award. It means a lot to be recognised for the work we have done.”

All money raised from the events and sales goes towards providing support for families across Stamford, Bourne and The Deepings.

One of the group’s major successes is its parent and toddler group, Tiddlywinks, which was highly commended at the awards night in the Bumps and Babies Group of the Year category.

The weekly playgroup runs at All Saints and St John’s Hall in Scotgate, Stamford, and provides a place for parents to get together in a safe and fun environment with their children.

There is an area with playmats and toys for babies, a toddler room and a separate area for drawing, reading and jigsaws. The sessions also include singing and regular talks from local services and businesses.

The group runs on Wednesdays from 10am until 11.30am and costs £1. It is run by Susanne Denton, Caroline Hartley and Rachel Bush and regularly attracts up to 30 families.

To find out more about the NCT and its services email stamfordnctchair@yahoo.com

The next nearly new sale takes place at Stamford Junior School on Saturday November 19 from 11,30am with toys, clothes and equipment for sale.