Why Support Tamba?
Tamba is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to improving the lives of thousands of families with twins, triplets or higher multiples and was set up in 1978.
Our families usually agree on one thing – they wouldn’t change having their twins, triplets or more for anything else in the world. Nevertheless, being a parent of multiples can be challenging and the happy pictures and stories of celebrities with their newborn babies is not the reality many families face. Here are just a couple of examples of the types of problems our families encounter.
Multiple pregnancies are at far higher risk of developing complications than singleton pregnancies, for example Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. Babies have almost a 50:50 chance of spending time in a special care baby unit.
Twins have 6 times the risk of Cerebral Palsy
Twins are 4 times more likely to die during pregnancy compared to a single baby and 7 times more likely to die shortly after birth
Expectant parents of multiples receive less help preparing for the potentially challenging journey ahead.
Mums have twice the risk of developing Post Natal Depression
The stresses of raising multiples are more complex and more commonly include greater financial distress.
Families are more likely to suffer a relationship breakdown or serious health problems during the early years.
The good news is we are here to help. We tackle these issues by providing support and information to our families. We do this via our:
- Information booklets and on-line materials
- Antenatal and parenting classes
- Twinline (our free-phone helpline, open 365 days of the year)
- An active on-line social networking community and a national network of twins clubs
- A series of specific support groups to help parents of twins with Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome; Single Parents; parents of multiples with Special Needs; as well as a Bereavement Support Group to support parents who have sadly lost a child.
We also conduct research into the issues effecting our families and carry out campaigning on their behalf.
Our annual running costs are approximately £430,000. Roughly half our income comes from membership fees, which means we need to raise more than £200,000 each year in order to run all our services. To do this we rely upon the generosity of individuals, companies and charitable trusts and foundations.
As a smaller charity, your support makes a huge difference to us and really does count – it is not just a drop in the ocean. Here are some examples of where your money goes.