A ROMSEY charity providing free new and pre-loved items to parents in need hosted its first family fun day.

More than 150 people visited Baby Necessities across four hours for its inaugural family fun day, with Halloween cakes, bakes and crafts.

The event was designed to increase the charity’s profile and provide free half-term activities for the local community.

Kids enjoyed autumnal creations and colouring, a play corner, face painting and meeting Ice Queen and Spider Hero on Tuesday, October 24.

Hampshire Chronicle: Autumnal craftsAutumnal crafts (Image: Baby Necessities)

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Lauren Denham, funding and communications manager, said: “Our aim was to bring the community together and give families something free to do during half term and we definitely think we succeeded.

“It was lovely to see so many smiling faces. It was also a chance to showcase our charity, provide information about how support can be accessed and how people can donate and fundraise for us. Everything worked really well and we can’t wait to start planning for the next event.”

Hampshire Chronicle: Lauren (centre)Lauren (centre) (Image: Baby Necessities)

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Mum Natalie Bogan said: “We went and really enjoyed it and I know my friends who went did too. It was a nice way to bring people together and the children were all very happy."

Emma Jewell said: “Thank you for a fab day, the girls absolutely loved it.”

The Romsey baby bank is open at the Premier Centre, in Premier Way, where donations such as toys and baby clothes are stocked and prepared to be re-gifted.

The charity works through third-party referrals from professionals like community midwives, health visitors, GPs, family support workers, social workers and teachers.

Baby Necessities is hoping to run more Family Fun Days soon. For updates go to babynecessities.co.uk or follow Baby Necessities on social media.