Toddlers get fundraising bug

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DOZENS of toddlers have helped raise more than £100 for charity after taking part in a big bug hunt.

The event, in aid of Meningitis UK, was hosted by the Oxford Road Baptist Church toddler group, in Hartlepool.

The youngsters, who wore their own bug headbands, were sponsored in the challenge that saw them collect as many balls as possible.

Hundreds of balls were released inside the church hall and each one had a picture of a bug on.

Andy Millward, a leader at the group, said: “The children really enjoyed taking part in the big bug hunt. We held two events, with about 25 youngsters taking part each time. We hope to raise about £100.”

Andy, a cashier for Barclays Bank, in Peterlee, said his bosses will double the total amount of sponsorship collected.

The toddler group meets every Tuesday and Thursday morning during term time.

The money raised from the event will go towards Meningitis UK’s Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign, which aims to raise £7m for research to find a vaccine for all forms of the disease.