The Big Toddle is Back in West London

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Barnardo's Big Toddle fundraising walk for under-fives is back for 2015 and this year the theme is Pirates.

Fundraisers who organised walks in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster netted a bumper £4,328.43 last year, helping Barnardo’s support the UK’s most disadvantaged children.

Fundraisers in Hammersmith raised £925 through six events, while donations from West Kensington totalled £136.33, and three walks in Shepherds Bush raised £801.39.

In Kensington & Chelsea, young toddlers raised £655 in Holland Park, £285 in Chelsea and £130 in Kensington, while in Westminster, a single fundraising effort in Belgravia added £1,395.71 to the total.

Now the charity is calling on local nurseries, parents and child minders to repeat that success by joining this summer’s Big Toddle, which will see thousands of children and adults dressing up as pirates and walking the suggested half a mile with friends and family.

Since The Big Toddle began, families have helped Barnardo’s raise over £13.83 million, and across the UK 5,800 groups raised £680,000 last year alone. More than £66,000 was raised within Greater London.

This year, Barnardo’s aims to collect a treasure trove of money for those children who are most in need.

The main Big Toddle campaign runs from June 1 to 12 but there is no time limit. Groups are also encouraged to organise fundraising toddles throughout the summer.

To find out more about Barnardo’s Big Toddle please visit Big Toddle and register for free.

Once registered you’ll received a fabulous event pack full of fun activities and ideas for your Big Toddle and don’t forget to follow events on Twitter @BigToddle or at Facebook.com/BigToddle.

May 15, 2015