HUNDREDS of pounds were raised as several businesses came together for a charity event for parents with young children.

The event was hosted at Rivenhall Village Hall by Sarah Morgan, creator and founder of Little Story Shapers.

It was also hosted alongside Painted Peppermint, Basking Babies, Zip and Friends, Sewn by Niki, Littlelifesteps, Tropic with Natalie, and In the Cloud Bookshop.

Sarah is a local mum of two, and a fully qualified primary school teacher with a first class honours master’s degree in drama.

She created her business after being inspired by her eldest daughter to make drama accessible for under-fives.

She said that after seeing first-hand the importance of reading, she wanted to inspire all children to start their reading journey early and fall in love with books.

“We shape children's confidence, creativity and communications skills through our inclusive activities and support their early learning goals," said Sarah.

“We also provide a place to interact, socialise and make friends, introducing our little ones to others and giving parents a chance to support each other.”

More than 30 families attended the event with their children, to enjoy bringing to life the story of Elmer the Elephant in a fun, interactive and imaginative class.

There was also more than £600 raised for the Blossom Suite Bereavement Suite at Broomfield Hospital, where parents can birth their ill babies and make special memories together before having to say goodbye.

Sarah said: “The atmosphere in the room was electric, with everyone joining together to raise money for such a worthy cause whilst celebrating Little Story Shapers’ rebrand."