A STELLAR line-up is being put together for a Northwich charity’s sixth birthday as it hopes to continue to grow after the lockdown.

Tiny Steps, which supports children with additional needs and their families, will mark the occasion with two major fundraising events on Saturday, October 3.

A team from the charity will take on a Northwich Victoria supporters XI for a five-hour marathon of football at Northwich Cricket Club, in Moss Lane.

The party will kick up a gear in the evening as Clint Boon, Inspiral Carpets keyboardist and XS radio DJ, and Davos, who has played with K-Klass, perform DJ sets for an event called Life at the Salty Dog, in High Street.

“Obviously it is difficult for charities at the moment so we decided to do a few things for our birthday in October,” said Scott Burstow, fundraiser and board member at Tiny Steps.

Tiny Steps’ goal is to open a sensory play area in mid Cheshire for youngsters with additional needs.

The charity knows there is a demand for such a facility thanks to the success of its ‘stay and play’ sessions over the past 12 months, which have seen dozens of families enjoy activities at Sir John Deane’s College, where the charity moved to after outgrowing its first premises for the sessions.

“The goal is to have our own building but We wanted to start the charity up in some capacity by hiring rooms,” Scott said.

“The room is kitted out in various sensory equipment. It’s a free event, paid for by the funds that have been raised, and it provides a safe environment where families are all in the same boat and the children can enjoy themselves.

“More and more families are joining, which is great as it proves there is a demand in this area, and the families are all keeping in touch on WhatsApp.”

The gig at Salty Dog will not be the first time Clint Boon has stepped in to support Tiny Steps.

“I was a bit cheeky on Twitter and asked Clint if he would DJ for us about four years ago,” said Scott.

“He agreed to it and he just wants to help whenever he can. He is a good man and it’s good exposure for the charity.

“Davos actually lives near me. He’s a top guy and he agreed to help.”

Meanwhile, the marathon of football will see Tiny Steps continue as the Vics’ charity partner, with the logo currently shown on the team’s strip.

So far, three ex-Vics players have agreed to take part, while Steve Walters from the Offside Trust is also supporting the event.

Spectators are invited to cheer the sides along, with the bar open for refreshments.

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Kick off is at 11am and full time is at 4pm.

Tickets for the evening Life event, which runs from 7pm to 11pm, cost £15 from wegottickets.com/tinysteps

To find out more about Tiny Steps or donate, visit tiny-steps.co.uk