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Nursery children joined by Teletubby Po for Barnardo’s 20th Big Toddle

Release Date: 01 Sep 2017

Children at an east London nursery were motivated to set out on another fundraising expedition for Barnardo’s following a personal visit by one of the Teletubbies.

Children from Peter Pan's Nursery in Barkingside set out on their 15th Big Toddle for Barnardo's on August 31.

Po, a favourite from the children’s TV show, dropped in to Peter Pan’s Day Nursery in Barkingside as the under-fives began their 15th annual Big Toddle on August 31.

Dozens of children took part in the challenge, waving to Po as they set off along Thomas Barnardo Way and on to the village green, next to the head office and historic home of the children’s charity.

They are among thousands of children around the UK who have taken part in the 20th anniversary of the Big Toddle, raising vital funds to help Barnardo’s support more of the most vulnerable children, young people and families. More than £14m has been raised through the Big Toddle since it launched.

Children from Peter Pan's Nursery in Barkingside set out on their 15th Big Toddle for Barnardo's on August 31.

Peter Pan’s adventurers were joined by parents, carers and staff from the nursery and Barnardo’s, and were rewarded with medals after completing one or two laps of the green. There was also a raffle with Teletubbies-themed prizes.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan, said:

The children and the team at Peter Pan’s Day Nursery have put in an outstanding effort this year just as in previous years, and we’re so thankful for all that they’ve done.

It’s only through the passion and commitment of community organisers that events like the Big Toddle are possible and for 20 years, their incredible dedication has been making a real difference to vulnerable children, young people and families. On behalf of Barnardo’s, I want to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone around the UK who continues to make this campaign such a success.

Huge thanks also to our supporters, DHX Brands and Louis Kennedy, for the fantastic Teletubbies collaboration this year.

Claudine Pendle, Manager of Peter Pan’s Day Nursery, said:

We had a fantastic day, everyone really enjoyed themselves and the children had lots of fun. We’ve been organising Big Toddles for Barnardo’s for the past 14 years and it was wonderful to be able to do it again on the 20th anniversary, especially with one of the Teletubbies cheering us on.

Charlotte Hill, Senior Brand Manager at DHX Brands, which owns Teletubbies, said:

It is inspiring to see communities come together throughout the UK to support the valuable work that Barnardo’s is doing with children and families. We are really proud to be a part of Barnardo’s 20th Big Toddle fundraising campaign and hope that the Teletubbies’ involvement will encourage others to get involved.

To find out more and to register to Barnardo’s Big Toddle please visit, follow us on Twitter @BigToddle or on Facebook/BigToddle.


Notes to editors

For more information please contact Dan Hodges on 07887 737 048 or email

Picture captions: Under-fives from Peter Pan’s Nursery in Barkingside, east London, were joined by Po from the Teletubbies as they set off on another Big Toddle for Barnardo’s in the fundraising event’s 20th anniversary year.

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The charity has helped transform the lives of millions of disadvantaged children in the UK, and continues to help families to build a better future. In 2016/17 more than 272,000 children, young people, parents and carers were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, such as young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, training and skills or parenting classes.

Visit to find out more. Registered charity No. 216250 and SC037605


Originally created in 1997, Teletubbies is one of the most successful global children’s brands of all-time. Targeted at young pre-school viewers, it has reached over 1 billion children to date. The original episodes have aired in over 120 territories in 45 different languages. Debuting on CBeebies in 2015, the modernized Teletubbies series stays true to the original series but is designed to captivate today’s digital toddlers with updated elements and visual CGI-enhancements. The characters now have Touch-Screen Tummies and techy gadgets, like the Tubby Phone smartphone, introducing a contemporary twist for a new generation of pre-schoolers. The multi award-winning Teletubbies encourages young children to watch television creatively, providing a safe and beneficial viewing experience. Teletubbies is produced by DHX Media. Learn more at

Teletubbies characters and logo © 2016 and TM DHX Worldwide Limited. Licensed by DHX Worldwide Limited. All rights reserved.

About DHX Brands

DHX Brands is the dedicated brand management and consumer products arm of DHX Media Ltd. (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B; NASDAQ: DHXM), one of the world’s leading children’s content and brands companies. DHX Brands specializes in creating, building and maintaining high-profile global entertainment brands within the children’s and young adult markets. With expertise in brand development, licensing, marketing and creative, we build and manage brands that captivate and inspire through engaging content, first-class distribution, quality consumer products, immersive live experiences and digital media. DHX Brands’ world-class portfolio includes Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Twirlywoos and In the Night Garden. DHX Brands has operations in London, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

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