A SUPPORT service for Andover parents is celebrating its first birthday.

Stay and Play was launched in Andover Vineyard Warehouse, in Newbury Road, a year ago after volunteers decided to build on the free service already offered by the Children’s Storehouse.

The Children’s Storehouse runs every Wednesday morning.

Volunteers provide free clothing, toys and baby equipment to families from Andover and the surrounding areas.

The Stay and Play is a free drop-in session for families with young children to come and meet other parents, with craft, play areas and refreshments.

And on Wednesday, Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam and a Minion – which were provided by Birthday Buddies – helped families celebrate the milestone.

Becky Barratt, whose husband John helped set up the storehouse in 2011, said: “For us just to see it grow is such a blessing, and we have helped so many people.”

Volunteer Leah Walsh added: “The idea of adding the Stay and Play was that people not only had a physical need but we felt that the emotional need was lacking. So many people came in a really tough place. We created the space so that they don’t feel bad about needing things and taking things.”

The Children’s Storehouse now stocks clothes for people of all ages. For more information, like the Facebook page Andover Children Storehouse.