Thursday, 12 May 2011

THOUSANDS OF TODDLERS STEP OUT FOR BARNARDO’S – Is your toddler getting involved?!

Thousands of mums, dads and tots across the country are gearing up to take part in Barnardo’s Big Toddle 2011, the UK’s number one, national fundraising event for under-fives that last year saw more than half a million Toddlers taking part.

This years launch event held in Battersea Park Children’s Zoo saw hundreds of toddlers stepping out to complete a sponsored walk for the UK’s largest children’s charity Barnardo’s.

Actress and celebrity mum Natalie Cassidy kick started the event with baby daughter Eliza.

“We have had such fun today at the launch of Barnardo’s Big Toddle! It’s been incredible to see so many toddlers put their best foot forward to raise money for less fortunate children – those who Barnardo’s works with.
“I have to say the sight of hundreds of toddlers dressed in safari gear was just unforgettable! I had to explain to Eliza that the animals in the zoo were real – she thought they were all children in fancy dress!”

Singer of R&B band Damage Jade Jones is hoping to attend his local Toddle with three-year-old son Beau, sometime during the summer months. Jade says:

“As a dad myself, I know kids love the whole Toddle experience – getting sponsored by family and friends, doing the walk in fancy dress, getting a medal at the end... It’s a brilliant event and a great way to teach youngsters that there are other children out there who need our help.”

Barnardo's Big Toddle events take place throughout the summer months, and funds collected will support vital services provided by the UK’s largest children’s charity. These include projects for children with physical and learning disabilities, autism and behavioural problems.

This years theme is ‘safari’ so there is really something for everyone!

If you would like to get involved why not:

  • Hold a toddle at your local nursery, playgroup, pre-school

  • Join in one of Barnardo’s organised events taking part this summer throughout the UK

  • Host your own Toddle and maybe a party! With friends at the park or back garden

For more information either email me or visit the Barnardo’s website here.

If you are holding an event we would love to hear from you, we can add it to our Tot Friendly Calendar too.

Barnardo’s works with more than 100,000 children, young people and their families in 415 specialised projects in communities across the UK.

We believe in the potential in every child and young person, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Wewill support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child.

Images: Matilda Egere Cooper

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