Kate and Rio Ferdinand wrap up for Christmas shopping after launching support platform

Kate and Rio Ferdinand have been spotted doing some Christmas shopping days after the former TOWIE star announced that she is launching a support platform for blended families.

The couple wrapped up warm for their shopping trip in long coats and wore face masks as they carried their shopping bags down the busy streets.

Kate, 30, opted for long brown trousers and a long chequered coat and kept things casual in a pair of flats. Meanwhile, Rio, 43, wore dark jeans and a top under a light brown coat.

It comes after Kate announced earlier this week that she was launching a network for blended families after feeling "isolated" as a step-mum.

Kate shares baby son Cree with her footballer husband Rio as well as being step-mum to his other children Lorenz, 15, Tate, 13, and Tia, 10, from his marriage to his late wife Rebecca Ellison, who sadly passed away from cancer in 2015.

Having admitted she struggled after becoming a new step-mum, Kate has announced she's launching a platform called Blended – a network for families meshed together by "a break up, fostering, adopting or loss".

Posting to Instagram, Kate explained: "As you all know we are a blended family, I am a step mum to my 3 beautiful big kids Lorenz, Tate & Tia who unfortunately lost their mum at a very young age, & now a biological mum to our beautiful blessing Cree; the icing on the cake to our extra special family.

"Being a step mum to 3 children who have been through so much & a husband whose wife passed away brings a unique set of challenges. There have been many times I have been left feeling lost, confused and not sure where to turn.

"When I first became a stepparent I felt very isolated & alone, I just didn’t know who to talk to. As my journey continues I’ve realised there is a real need for a place to connect & get advice from people going through similar experiences. I am definitely not a guru, this is as much for me and it is for you guys."

Ending the message by introducing her Blended platform, which already has over 24,000 followers, Kate said: "So here we have it @blended a safe space for us to all share our blended family experiences and support each other along this journey.

"I’m hoping to share some personal experiences along the way as well as help and advice from professionals. There will also be lots of discussions, general chit chat & quotes to make us feel better."

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