Rotherham quads’ third birthday is four times the fun

Elisha, Caroline, Darcy and Alexis Clark at their birthday party
Elisha, Caroline, Darcy and Alexis Clark at their birthday party
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South Yorkshire quadruplets who defied one in two million odds when they were born have celebrated their third birthday in style.

The quads were treated to an Easter-themed party to remember at the family home in Brinsworth by staff from their local supermarket.

Elisha, Caroline, Darcy and Alexis Clark getting ready to tuck into their birthday feast

Elisha, Caroline, Darcy and Alexis Clark getting ready to tuck into their birthday feast

Caroline, Darcy, Alexis and Elisha Clark made medical history three years ago when they were born prematurely at 30 weeks to Justin and Christine Clark.

After nearly a decade of trying for a baby, Justin and Christine turned to IVF, with no idea they would give birth to not one, but four babies.

Weighing between just two and three pounds each when they were born in Sheffield’s Jessop Hospital, the youngsters suffer from severe food intolerances including gluten, dairy, corn flour and soya.

They have previously spent weeks in hospital due to their intolerances.

The Rotherham quads on the slide with mum and dad.

The Rotherham quads on the slide with mum and dad.

Justin, a stay-at-home dad, said: “The girl’s allergies are a struggle, as parents we live in fear of how foods will affect them.

“Most Free From foods are very expensive, making every day meals extremely difficult.

“Birthday parties are even tougher.

“We want the girls to lead a happy and normal life and a birthday bash was a definite must.”

After contacting Asda via social media to praise its Free From range, Justin and the family were in for a special surprise, courtesy of Asda Rotherham on Aldwarke Lane.

The girls and six of their friends enjoyed celebrations complete with bonnet making, Easter egg hunting and all their favouriteFree From food fancies.

Christine, a staff nurse, said it was a great day.

She said: “It really was a celebration to remember and we are extremely grateful for Asda stepping in to help us throw the girls a really special party.

“Shop bought cakes are out of the question for our children but we were delighted with the free from jam tart tower Asda made especially for the party.

“They were so excited as they are their ultimate favourite sweet treat – we get through boxes!”

Asda’s Free From range included jam tarts, BBQ chicken dippers, and butterfly cakes, perfect for a kids’ party or picnic this summer.