Sent wild by park safari

A sponsored toddle for Barnardo's in Millhouses Park''Orla O'Neill,Charlie Jonea and Lilia Minton
A sponsored toddle for Barnardo's in Millhouses Park''Orla O'Neill,Charlie Jonea and Lilia Minton
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MILLHOUSES Park is where the wild things are!

Toddlers got into the safari spirit to raise money for children’s charity Barnardo’s by taking part in a Big Toddle event in Sheffield.

Giraffes, zebras and even the odd tiger made an appearance as just under 200 youngsters donned their best wildlife-themed fancy dress for a short sponsored walk in Millhouses Park.

Barnardo’s fundraiser Pauline Clark said the 15th annual event was ‘brilliant’ and the turnout very good.

“I think the weather made the difference. It was forecast to rain but then it didn’t rain, so more people came out. It was lovely.

“The costumes were good - lots of little ones’ mums made costumes for them.”

Pauline’s favourite costumes included the tigers and zebras, while one little boy had made a mouse costume using a pair of his dad’s socks for ears.

“It was very good. The toddle just goes round the park. Most of the kids ran it.

“Children had to be aged from birth to five to take part. Some were in prams, the youngest I saw was about six-months-old.

“She was asleep but her mum and nan were enjoying themselves!”

Last year’s toddle raised £1,600 and Pauline said: “We’re hoping it’ll be more this year.

“We don’t know how much money we’ve made as the sponsorship has yet to be collected.”.

Cash raised will help support Barnardo’s Early Years work supporting children with physical and learning disabilities, autism and behavioural problems.

Pauline said: “The children taking part are the future. If they support us now they might realise other kids aren’t as lucky as themselves and continue supporting charities like Barnardo’s.”

The Big Toddle started in 1997. Walks nationwide involve up to 500,000 children.