Fundraising toddle a big success

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I WOULD like to say a special thank you to the North Tyneside Toddlers who walked on the wild side this summer, raising money for the UK’s largest children’s charity Barnardo’s.

This year’s animal-themed Big Toddle has attracted over 300 North Tyneside toddlers dressed as bears, lions, tigers, and many other animals, in Toddles in Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, Wallsend and North Shields.

So far this year, nearly 400,000 toddlers have taken part in events across the country – and it’s not too late for parents and nurseries to host their own Toddle event.

Big Toddles are still happening all over the country, in back gardens and in local parks, and nurseries can be encouraged to organise their own Big Toddle events too.

Simply invite your friends or neighbours to take part in a short sponsored walk, and enjoy taking part in the UK’s number one fundraising event for under-fives.

I’d like to encourage all readers to join in the fun.

All money raised for Barnardo’s goes to local projects that help and support disadvantaged and vulnerable under-fives, including those with physical and learning disabilities, autism and behavioural problems.

Find out more about The Big Toddle by visiting www.bigtoddle.co.uk or call 0845 270 9900.

Thank you for making a real difference to children’s lives.

SUZI CAMPBELL

Barnardo’s North East Community Fundraiser