Get your under 5â€™s ready for some serious summer fun!
Want to do your bit for charity? And find a reason to get the kids exercising in the fresh air? Weâ€™ve found the solution â€“ The Barnardoâ€™s Big Toddle.
This annual half-mile sponsored walk for under 5â€™s saw almost 400,000 toddlers from across the UK register in 2007, raising Â£1.4 million for Barnardoâ€™s work with disadvantaged children and their families.
The Big Toddle can be as easy and as flexible as you like. There are Toddles organised by Barnardoâ€™s throughout the UK during the summer months, however you can Toddle at any time of year and it has become a popular trend for nurseries and pre-schools to host their own events.
Barnardoâ€™s Big Toddle Manager Terence Lovell said:
â€œIt is so simple to arrange your own Toddle, nurseries and pre-schools often prefer to host their own. It means they can choose a convenient location for their children, such as a local park, invite families, take a picnic along and make a day of it. Taking part in the Barnardoâ€™s Big Toddle is a great way of teaching children about those less fortunate. This year we hope to see more Toddlers than ever joining in, having fun and helping us to raise vital funds for vulnerable children throughout the UK.â€
Barnardoâ€™s encourages nurseries and pre-schools to arrange their own Toddles by offering them the opportunity to keep 25% of funds raised if they so choose, helping them to buy much needed equipment and materials.
Funds raised via the Barnardoâ€™s Big Toddle 2008 will be spent across the charityâ€™s services working with young children and their families; including projects for children with disabilities, family centres, play schemes and helping to lift children out of unsuitable or temporary accommodation.
For more information on Barnardoâ€™s Big Toddle and how to arrange your own event, you can visit the website www.bigtoddle.co.uk or call 0854 270 9900.