MOST superheroes have to contend with evil villains threatening to destroy mankind, but this bunch of caped crusaders were content with a gentle toddle along the beach and a sing-a-long.
Superman, Batman, Buzz Lightyear, Spiderman, Bat Girl, Wonder Woman and even the occasional side kick descended on Cullercoats Bay on Wednesday morning to take part in Barnardo’s North East’s Toddle.
The sponsored event is in its 16th year, and saw the youngsters from Longenton’s Children’s Centre take part in a toddle along the beach followed by a beach-themed sing-a-long and a picnic from a local chip shop.
The Big Toddle for Barnardo’s is a nationwide appeal that encourages youngsters to help other children by taking part in a half-mile sponsored walk. Money raised goes towards helping Barnardo’s early years work and the local pre-school or playgroup taking part gets to keep 25 per cent of the funds raised.
Barnardo’s North East director Jonathan Ewen said: “The Big Toddle for Barnardo’s is a great way for kids to get fit, raise money and have fun.
“The Toddle is all about children helping children and this year we are aiming to raise £1m so that Barnardo’s can continue to help children under five.”
An estimated 80 children took part in the walk with their parents on Wednesday.
Barnardo’s fundraiser Pauline Clarke added: “This year the Big Toddle is all about fun and encouraging play for under-fives and the theme is Superheroes, so we are expecting lots of fancy dress, children’s entertainment and wonderful experiences at the Toddles.
“However there is a serious side to play, as it is the way that young children make sense of the world around them and develop their social and personal skills.”