Hartlepool nursery holds its own Big Toddle

STARS: Staff and children of Little Treasures nursery at the start of their sponsored toddle.

STARS: Staff and children of Little Treasures nursery at the start of their sponsored toddle.

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YOUNGSTERS stepped out to raise hundreds of pounds for a charity that helps disadvantaged children.

The efforts of children at the Little Treasures Day Nursery, based at the Belle Vue Community Centre, in Kendal Road, were out of this world when they took part in a national fundraising effort.

The youngsters staged their own Big Toddle in aid of Barnardo’s, a charity which helps vulnerable children.

The Big Toddle is the UK’s biggest charity event for children aged under five.

It is a sponsored walk aimed at toddlers, which helps to raise money through sponsorship, for the country’s most vulnerable under fives.

Little Treasures, which provides full day care on weekdays from 8am-6pm for two to four-year-olds, decided to give their Big Toddle a space theme, with many of the little ones turning out in costumes including little stars, Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story and Minions from the Despicable Me movie.

There was even a visit by Sam the Shooting Star, the community centre’s mascot, as they took part in the short walk in the area around the venue.

Nursery manager Claire Wainwright said: “The children did brilliantly on our walk.

“The idea was to get the youngsters out and about toddling while raising money.

“The children made their own space themed star costumes and we had our very own centre mascot, Sam the Shooting Star leading the way.

“Its important to get the children out and about exercising as much as possible, and this was a great, fun way to do this, while raising money for a well-known charity.”

Around 300,000 children take part in The Big Toddle every year.

Nursery groups, playgroups, childminders and parents can still organise their own Big Toddles.

They can be held anywhere and at any time and can be a big community event, or something as simple as a walk around the park with your own children.