Be a hero and back a charity

CHILDREN in Hartlepool are being invited to fly to the aid of this year’s Barnardo’s Big Toddle.

The Toddle season kicks off in June and this year’s annual sponsored walk for under-fives has a superhero theme. Toddlers can dress up as their favourite character.

Last year’s event saw Hartlepool children help raise more than £20,000 to help disadvantaged children across the North-East.

Parents, carers, playgroups and nurseries can create their own Big Toddle at any time throughout the year.

Funds raised by the youngsters will go to help some of the UK’s most vulnerable children, including those with physical and learning difficulties.

Pauline Clarke, Toddle co-ordinator for Barnardo’s North East, said: “We are now into our 15th annual Toddle and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. This year our theme is superheroes, so children can have even more fun dressing up.

“They can even put their teddy bears into costumes as well and then celebrate with a picnic afterwards.”

To register, call 0800 008 7005 or visit