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Redbridge toddlers team up with Teletubbies to raise funds to support vulnerable children

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 March 2018

Po makes an appearance a Peter Pan's Day Nursery in Barkingside. Photo: Barnardo's

Po makes an appearance a Peter Pan's Day Nursery in Barkingside. Photo: Barnardo's

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Toddlers are being called on once more to team up with Teletubbies in raising funds to support vulnerable children, after helping to raise a national total of more than £260,000 last year.

Under fives groups in Newham raised more than £3,000 in last year's event. Picture: Barnado's Under fives groups in Newham raised more than £3,000 in last year's event. Picture: Barnado's

Children’s charity Barnardo’s, whose head office is in Barkingside, is urging toddlers, parents, playgroups and preschools to get involved in the Big Toddle fundraising week from June 18 to 24.

This involves a sponsored walk of toddlers, often in fancy dress.

“East London is full of fantastic parks and green spaces so I hope local groups will embrace this year’s nature theme and get imaginative with fancy dress,” said Lynn Gradwell, director of Barnardo’s in London.

“The Big Toddle is a great opportunity for under-fives to have fun with friends and families and raise money to help disadvantaged children, and I want to say a big thank you to everyone in Redbridge who helped make such a difference in 2017.”

Po makes an appearance a Peter Pan's Day Nursery in Barkingside. Photo: Barnardo's Po makes an appearance a Peter Pan's Day Nursery in Barkingside. Photo: Barnardo's

Last year, events run by under-fives groups across the borough contributed more than £1,800 towards a national total of £265,350.

Among them were Peter Pan’s Day Nursery in Barkingside, which contributed £719; Tree House Nursery in Wanstead, which raised £630; Kids@Play Preschool in Ilford, which raised £272; and St Paul’s Christian Playgroup in Woodford Green, which raised £136.

An independently organised Big Toddle in Woodford Green also raised £137, and another in Woodford Green raised £85.

For the second year in a row, the Big Toddle is being run in partnership with CBeebies TV show Teletubbies, and the theme for this year nature.

Charlotte Hill, Teletubbies’ brand director, said: “The Teletubbies love nature and spending time outdoors in Teletubbyland, which is filled with beautiful flower-covered hillocks, hopping rabbits and a blue sky sprinkled with white fluffy clouds.”

Last year, more than 272,000 children, young people, parents and carers were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, including young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, training and skills or parenting classes.

To register or find out more, go to www.bigtoddle.co.uk or call 0800 008 7005

Those who register will receive a pack full of information and fundraising ideas.

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