Popular twins club finds new home

PUBLISHED: 10:56 03 June 2012

Marita Bonillo-Farias from Weston Twins & more Group opening the Kids Hut with Gaynor Cox and Estelle Milford from Parkwood Leisure.

Marita Bonillo-Farias from Weston Twins & more Group opening the Kids Hut with Gaynor Cox and Estelle Milford from Parkwood Leisure.

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A TODDLERS’ group launched in Weston earlier this year for twins has proved so popular it has moved to a new base at the Winter Gardens.

Weston Twins and More group has 73 families registered with it and this week started sessions at the Kids Hut play centre.

It signals a remarkable rise for the group that did not exist until it was set up by Weston mother Marita Bonillo-Farias in January.

The group currently meets on the first Thursday of every month at Christ Church but may not be able to from July when a new vicar arrives.

And Mrs Bonillo-Farias has organised with the Winter Gardens to host sessions on the last Thursday of every month to ensure the group continues to flourish. Meetings will continue at Christ Church until a final decision is reached.

The mother-of-three said it was the difficulties she found raising her own twins that encouraged her to establish the group, which is one of the largest of its kind in the country.

Mrs Bonillo-Farias, who has a seven-year-old son called Antonio and twin 27-month-old identical daughters Elena and Liliana, said: “I needed that support when I was having twins and was horrified to find there wasn’t something like this in Weston and I don’t want anyone to feel as lonely or isolated as me.”

The group acts as a play session for the kids and a support network for parents.

Mrs Bonillo-Farias said it was vital for mothers to get help with post-natal depression rates higher among woman who give birth to twins.

She said: “Normally with toddler groups I would say it’s all about the children.

“But with a twins group it’s more important for mothers and fathers to meet others as it is as much of a support group for them to ask for advice.”

She is considering creating a separate group in Kewstoke as it continues to grow with doctors and Weston General Hospital alerting new parents of the groups meetings. Such is the growth, she estimates there will be 100 families involved by Christmas.

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