Children from Riverside Nursery in North Shields supported one of their friends as they raised more than £1,250 for a charity set up in his name.
A total of 70 youngsters from the nursery, along with parents and carers, toddled from the Riverside Children’s Centre to Royal Quays Marina.
Their efforts were in support of Seb Hollingsworth, who attends the nursery, and the Freeman Hospital’s Children’s Heart Unit.
The two-year-old was born with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot and has already undergone major heart surgery, and will need to have more operations as his heart grows.
Acting nursery manager Nicki Garner presented the cheque to Seb’s parents Nadine and Ivan Hollingsworth, who run the charity Seb4CHUF to raise funds for the heart unit’s foundation.
Nicki said: “The toddle was a huge success with fantastic support form parents and carers form the nursery.
“The nursery has organised various toddles in the past but we have never raised such an enormous amount of money.
“I think the difference has been that Seb attends our nursery and we are all very keen to support the amazing work carried out at the Freeman Hospital.”
Nadine said: “Ivan and I were so incredibly touched when the Riverside Children’s Centre told us that they wanted to do this year’s ‘toddle’ for Seb4CHUF.
“I couldn’t believe it when I went in with Seb after the toddle and was updated on the total, which just kept increasing daily.
“It is a massive amount of money and every penny will be used to help children like Seb who depend on the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman.
“We are so proud that at his tender age he has inspired so many people to do something positive for others.
“Thank you Riverside parents, carers, children and staff, you are fabulous.”
Around 300 small babies and children are operated on each year by the children’s heart surgeons at the Freeman Hospital.
For more information on the charity visit www.seb4chuf.org.uk
Residents can make a donation to the charity using their mobile phones by sending a text ‘CHUF99’ to 70070 with the amount £1, £2, £3, £5 or £10.