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Ready, steady Po! Barkingside youngsters fundraise for Barnardo’s with the Teletubbies

PUBLISHED: 16:21 07 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:22 07 September 2017

Children from Peter Pan’s Nursery, in Barkingside, were joined by Po from the Teletubbies as they set off on another Big Toddle for Barnardo’s in the fundraising event’s 20th anniversary year. Picture: Barnardo's

Children from Peter Pan’s Nursery, in Barkingside, were joined by Po from the Teletubbies as they set off on another Big Toddle for Barnardo’s in the fundraising event’s 20th anniversary year. Picture: Barnardo's

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Children at a Barkingside nursery took part in a special fundraising expedition for Barnardo’s with some inspiration from one of the Teletubbies.

Po, a favourite from the children’s TV show, dropped in to Peter Pan’s Day Nursery as the under-fives began the 15th annual Big Toddle on Thursday.

Dozens of children took part in the challenge, hugging Po as they set off along Thomas Barnardo Way.

They walked to the village green past the head office and historic home of the children’s charity in Tanners Lane.

Thousands of children across the UK took part in the Big Toddle, which raised vital funds for Barnardo’s.

A total of £14million has been raised since the event started.

Peter Pan’s adventurers were joined by parents, carers and staff from the nursery and Barnardo’s, and the intrepid youngsters were rewarded with medals after completing one or two laps of the green.

Barnardo’s chief executive, Javed Khan, said: “The children and the team at Peter Pan’s Day Nursery have put in an outstanding effort

this year just as in previous

years, and we’re so thankful for all that they’ve done.

“It’s only through the passion and commitment of community organisers that events like the Big Toddle are possible and for 20 years, their incredible dedication has been making a real difference to vulnerable children, young people and families.

“On behalf of Barnardo’s, I want to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone around the UK who continues to make this campaign such a success.”

Claudine Pendle, manager of the nursery, said: “We had a fantastic day, everyone really enjoyed themselves and the children had lots of fun.

We’ve been organising Big Toddles for Barnardo’s for the past 14 years and it was wonderful to be able to do it again on the 20th anniversary, especially with one of the Teletubbies cheering us on.”

Charlotte Hill, of DHX Brands, which owns Teletubbies, said: “It is inspiring to see communities come together throughout the UK to support the valuable work that Barnardo’s is doing with children and families.”


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