I WOULD like to say a special thank you to the County Durham toddlers who walked on the wild side this summer, raising money for the UK’s largest children’s charity Barnardo’s.

This year’s animal-themed Big Toddle attracted over 400 toddlers dressed as bears, lions, tigers, and many other animals, in toddles all over the county.

So far, nearly 400,000 have taken part in events and it’s not too late for parents and nurseries to host their own event.

Big Toddles are still taking place all over the country, in back gardens and in local parks, and nurseries can be encouraged to organise their own events too.

Simply invite your friends or neighbours to take part in a short sponsored walk, and enjoy taking part in the UK’s number one fundraising event for underfives.

I’d like to encourage all readers to join in the fun. Money raised for Barnardo’s goes to local projects that help and support disadvantaged and vulnerable children, including those with learning disabilities.

Find out more about The Big Toddle by visiting bigtoddle.co.uk or call 0845-270- 9900.

Suzi Campbell, Barnardo’s North-East.