NURSERIES are signing up to help needy children.
Last year, groups from the North East helped raise £49,000 for Barnardo’s by taking part in the Big Toddle, and this year charity bosses want to smash that target.
“It is about children helping children, and this year we are aiming to raise £1million so that Barnardo’s can continue to help children under five,” said spokesman Steve Oversby.
“The theme of this year’s walk, which will take place throughout the summer as groups organise their own events, is fairy tales and nursery rhymes.
Carole Scott, headteacher at Seaham Harbour Nursery, said about 120 children and parents will be taking part in their organised event on June 21.
“We have been taking part for about seven years, and last year we raised £1,311,” she said. “We walk from the nursery, through the shopping centre and end at Ropery Walk Primary School where we have big picnic.
“We always get a lot of support for the parents. It’s a fun day for the children and a good way to teach them that not everyone is as fortunate as them.
Apple Blossom Day Nursery in Durham Road, Sunderland, is also doing the event again this year.
Senior nursery nurse Emma James said: “Last year we raised £803.
“All the children were dressed up and some of the parents were too. It was great.”