A CHARITY launched by a Davenham couple aiming to provide a sensory play area for children with additional needs has taken another 'tiny step' forward.

Tiny Steps, launched by Martin and Laura Clifton in 2013, will run its first stay and play session in Lostock at the weekend.

Although the charity's goal is to eventually open their very own centre, these fortnightly sessions will help shape the experience.

Fundraiser and committee member Scott Burstow said: "The aim is to provide a sensory play area and social cafe for children and young people with additional needs and their families in the Northwich and Winsford area.

"It is often hard to find activities that are accessible and enjoyable for families in this situation. Our plan is to change this by providing this service within our community.

"The charity has done fantastically well, based purely upon fundraising from amazing people – in a few short years, they are extremely close to their goal.

"The first stepping stone to secure their own building is to have their own stay and play sessions.

"This won’t be what Tiny Steps will look like, but a place to start, get together, let our children play and have a coffee.

"We are inviting any families and their children to come along as we want to hear what you would like Tiny Steps to look like and be part of the journey."

The opening day is on Saturday, April 20 from 2pm to 4pm at Lostock Community Centre, and will run every other Saturday thereafter.

The inaugural session will include Easter crafts and family fun, while Northwich firefighters will be bringing along a fire engine while on call.