Toddlers in Shropshire raise more than £2,000 for Barnardo’s

Nurseries and toddlers in Shropshire raised £2,097 for Barnardo’s, the UK’s oldest and largest children’s charity, during last summer’s animal themed Big Toddle.

Toddlers and Barnardo’s staff with the Teletubbies
Toddlers and Barnardo’s staff with the Teletubbies

Children from nurseries and playgroups across the county dressed up as animals such as tigers and giraffes and took part in a half mile walk to raise money for vulnerable children. Toddlers and their families in Shrewsbury raised £750 of this total and youngsters in Telford reached £745.

Nurseries and parents are now signing up to take part in this year’s Big Toddle, which runs from 19 – 25 June 2017 and has the theme of ‘colours’.

Since 1997, the Big Toddle has raised £14.5 million. The event is marking its 20th anniversary this year by teaming up with Teletubbies, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The antics of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po have featured in more than 400 episodes of the popular TV programme and entertained children in more than 120 countries.

Lynn Perry, Director for Barnardo’s West region said: “A huge thank you to everyone who will be taking part in this year’s Big Toddle.

“The Big Toddle is a lovely opportunity for little ones to enjoy themselves and help raise vital funds at the same time. Last year the event raised almost £600,000 which is helping to transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in this region.

“For this year’s event, Barnardo’s has teamed up with the Teletubbies, some of the most popular characters in children’s TV history. Both will be celebrating milestone 20th anniversaries, so it promises to be a fantastic party.”

The Big Toddle is the UK’s biggest fundraising event for children under the age of five. Hundreds of thousands of children take part every year, covering enough miles to toddle around the world two and a half times.

To find out more and to register for Barnardo’s Big Toddle please visit