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Toddlers take on Village Green for 15th Barkingside Big Toddle

Release Date: 21 Jun 2018

Crowds gathered on the Village Green in Barkingside, east London, to cheer on a group of toddlers taking part in their nursery’s 15th Big Toddle for Barnardo’s.

Toddlers join the Big Toddle in Barkingside to riase funds for Barnardo's

Several of the children from Peter Pan’s Day Nursery in Thomas Barnardo Way donned nature-themed outfits for the annual fundraiser, joining thousands of groups around the UK in supporting the charity’s work with vulnerable children, young people and families.

Those who braved 23C heat for the Barkingside event on June 20 were rewarded with medals for their efforts, and staff from Barnardo’s headquarters next door came out to show their appreciation along with the charity’s Toddle mascot, Big Todd.

Toddlers join the Big Toddle in Barkingside to riase funds for Barnardo's

Claudine Pendle, owner of Peter Pans Day Nursery, said:

We’re really pleased because this is the 15th year we’ve done the Big Toddle. It’s a great way to get the community together and we usually do quite well. It takes a while to collect all the sponsorship money but on average we raise about £1,400 to £1,500.

Lynn Gradwell, Director of Barnardo’s in London, said:

This was yet another fantastic effort by the staff and children at Peter Pan’s Day Nursery and I want to thank everyone for getting behind the Big Toddle once again. The funds they raise are needed more than ever and will help our vital services make a real difference to the lives of children and young people of all ages.

Parents, carers and playgroups are encouraged to register to organise their own events throughout the summer. It could be a community Toddle, one for families and friends or one involving a local nursery or primary school.

For the second consecutive year the Big Toddle is run in partnership with the much-loved CBeebies TV show, Teletubbies. This year there is a nature theme, with lots of opportunities for creative dressing up as animals, insects, flowers or jungle creatures.

By signing up to the Big Toddle, groups can access exclusive nature-themed early years learning resources.

To find out more or to register and receive a Big Toddle pack containing information and fundraising ideas, go to or call 0800 008 7005.  

Notes to Editors

Pictures of the Barkingside Toddle are available to download here:

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

About Barnardo’s

Barnardo’s 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. Registered charity No. 216250 and SC037605

About DHX Brands

DHX Brands is the dedicated brand management and consumer products arm of DHX Media Ltd., 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 Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Twirlywoos, Massive Monster Mayhem, In the Night Garden and Mega Man. DHX Brands has operations in London, Toronto, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

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