Sponsored toddle pays for Hartlepool children’s school trip

Families taking part in the sponsored toddle at Rossmere Park, Hartlepool, on Tuesday.
Families taking part in the sponsored toddle at Rossmere Park, Hartlepool, on Tuesday.

Families with young children put their best foot forward in a sponsored walk to raise money for a fun day out.

Parents and grandparents who use PATCH Family Support in Hartlepool came up with the idea of a sponsored toddle around Rossmere Park.

Families taking part in the sponsored toddle at Rossmere Park, Hartlepool, on Tuesday.

Families taking part in the sponsored toddle at Rossmere Park, Hartlepool, on Tuesday.

It was after charity managers struggled to secure funding for a summer trip.

Around 30 parents, grandparents and young children came together for the walk around the park and raised about £400.

It has secured a trip for families to Adventure Valley at Brasside, Durham.

PATCH Family Support manager Jan Dobson said: “For the last 25 years we have taken children and their families on a summer trip for a nice day out.

One of our ex-volunteers raised about £170 alone which is pretty amazing

Jan Dobson, PATCH Family Support manager

“We didn’t have enough money to do it this year because we didn’t have the funding but some of our families and volunteers took it upon themselves to arrange a sponsored toddle.

“One of our ex-volunteers raised about £170 alone which is pretty amazing.”

PATCH Family Support, which is based in Stranton, runs support groups for families with young children, in various venues throughout Hartlepool.

The sponsored toddle saw youngsters and families stride around one lap of the park before tucking into lunch boxes of fruit and juice.

They also read a book together, Going on a Bear Hunt, to tie in with bear masks the children wore.

They ended the day on a high by singing songs.

Sheena Keers, early years support worker, said: “It was a good day and everyone really enjoyed it. They raised quite a bit of money for our summer trip which we can now go on thanks to the money raised.

“We have been to Adventure Valley before and it is lovely. The money raised will pay for the bus there and back and admission for the families.”