Leigh's Big Toddle for Barnardo’s

By Times Reporter in Community News

LEIGH children took part in The Big Toddle to raise money for Barnardo’s.

Mila, Noah, Emilia, Oliver, Cameron, Olivia, Grace, Sophie, Phoebe, Mia and Molly all completed the walk with their parents, which started at Chalkwell Beach.

On Sunday, June 25.

The Big Toddle is a short sponsored walk that raises money for Barnardo’s to help transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children, and in particular to Barnardo’s 996 services.

These include counselling for children who have been abused or exploited, and support for young carers and care leavers.

Mila’s mother, Gemma, said: “It’s a chance for our little ones to get involved in something big and learn about helping others less fortunate than them.”

IT WAS the day of the ‘Big Toddle’ nationally – and Gemma Gratrix, from Crosby Road, Westcliff decided to do her bit for Barnardo’s.

She has a three and a half years old daughter Mila, and Gemma checked on Facebook and found she could either find a local ‘Toddle’ or organise one herself.

She chose the latter and Mila, along with nine of her friends, set out from the seafront below Chalkwell state and they walked the threequarters of a mile to the Beach Hut. She wanted a short walk for little legs.

Gemma commented: “I created a Facebook group and invited Mila’s friends saying it would be a great way to introduce them to helping others. It was done in aid of Barnardo’s.

“Naturally, I didn’t expect Mila and her friends to fully understand why they were doing it – it seemed a good way for them to start.”

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