South Shields tots toddle out to help children’s charity

Big Toddle taking place around the North Marine Park
Big Toddle taking place around the North Marine Park

Toddlers in South Tyneside looked “shipshape” when they took part in a national fundraising event in aid of a children’s charity.

About 50 youngsters from Laygate Community School and Stanley’s nursery at Riverside Children’s Centre, gathered at North Marine Park for Barnardo’s Big Toddle.

The children all had great fun - they absolutely loved it

Karen Gibson

Dressed as pirates and princesses, the youngsters aged between one and four years old, made their way around the park, in South Shields, accompanied by teachers and their families.

The Big Toddle is Barnardo’s biggest fundraising events for under fives.

The charity provides help and support for children who are disadvantaged.

Karen Gibson, nursery teacher at Laygate, said: “The children all had great fun – they absolutely loved it.

“We decided to join up with children from Stanley’s this year, as we are both in the same area, and we thought it would be nice to do something together and make it more of a community event.

“It also meant the children were given the opportunity to meet some of our teachers, and us the parents. “

During the event youngsters were taken on a treasure hunt and were tasked with completing different activities.

Children were then rewarded with a medal and a party in the park with entertainment provided by Wizadora.

Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families, said: “It was lovely to see so many youngsters from Stanley’s at Riverside and Laygate Community School coming together to enjoy our parks , and raise funds for such a worthwhile cause. Their colourful costumes were fantastic and the youngsters had great fun looking for treasure.”

Anyone can host a Big Toddle event in aid of Barnardo’s, whether you’re a nursery, playgroup, childminder or parent.

The event can be held whenever or wherever the organiser chooses.

Barnardo’s is a national children’s charity which supports disadvantaged and vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Support can include counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, vocational training and disability inclusion groups.

For information or to find out more about the national children’s charity, visit its website at