Tod­dlers take part in fundrais­ing event

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Eating Out -

Nurs­ery chil­dren at Bur­row­moor with their medals and cer­tifi­cates. A MAS­SIVE fundrais­ing event for chil­dren un­der five is tak­ing place at Ferry Mead­ows Coun­try Park this month.

The Barnardo’s Big Tod­dle, which is the UK’s num­ber one fundrais­ing event for un­der fives, is be­ing held through­out the county, with the char­ity’s or­gan­ised Tod­dle at Ferry Mead­ows start­ing at 10.30am on Tues­day, June 15

Par­ents from across Peter­bor­ough are asked to reg­is­ter for The Big Tod­dle and for the first time ever, the chil­dren’s char­ity is in­tro­duc­ing a fancy dress theme to its flag­ship event – swash­buck­ling pi­rates!

The Barnardo’s Big Tod­dle is a short spon­sored walk which saw close to half a mil­lion un­der fives reg­is­ter to Tod­dle in 2009 alone.

The vi­tal funds raised by The Big Tod­dle will go to­wards sup­port­ing Barnardo’s Early Years work, in­clud­ing ser­vices for chil­dren with phys­i­cal and learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, autism and be­havioural prob­lems.

As well as tak­ing part in the Peter­bor­ough event, preschools, play­groups or nurs­eries can or­gan­ise their own tod­dle events, any­where in the county. Al­ter­na­tively, par­ents can or­gan­ise their own tod­dle with friends and fam­ily - at a park or even in their own gar­den!

Barnardo’s am­bas­sador and tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Melinda Mes­sen­ger said: “The chil­dren have loved tak­ing part in the Barnardo’s Big Tod­dle over the years.

“It’s al­ways a fun day out with trea­sure hunts and en­ter­tain­ment and it’s for such a great cause. All the chil­dren come away with their medals, full of pride and most im­por­tantly with an un­der­stand­ing of the chil­dren they have been rais­ing money for.”

En­try is free, with reg­is­tra­tion at 10am on the day.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on how to take part in The Big Tod­dle visit www.big­tod­dle.co.uk or call 0845 270 9900. YOUNG­STERS can en­joy some fun in the sun at the Bret­ton Wa­ter Park this week­end

The wa­ter park has about ten fun wa­ter fea­tures, in­clud­ing wa­ter palms, sea dragons and baby lon­glegs - all of which spray wa­ter in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions.

The fea­tures are lo­cated on a 500sqm play area, which is cov­ered in a rub­ber ma­te­rial that ab­sorbs the wa­ter and re­cir­cu­lates it through a cleans­ing sys­tem be­fore sprin­kling it out else­where through the dif­fer­ent fea­tures.

The rub­ber ma­te­rial is yel­low and two shades of blue to give the ef­fect of a beach.

Two at­ten­dants will man the wa­ter park dur­ing its open­ing hours of 10.30am and 6.30pm.

Andy Turner, the city coun­cil’s parks, trees and open spa­ces man­ager, said: “The wa­ter park is one of a great range of fa­cil­i­ties of­fered by the city coun­cil to the peo­ple of Peter­bor­ough for leisure and re­lax­ation.

“It proved pop­u­lar with chil­dren across the city last sum­mer and I am sure it will be as busy this year dur­ing the warm weather.

“By con­stantly re­cy­cling the wa­ter through the sys­tem and run­ning in an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly way, it’s an­other ad­di­tion to the city’s grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion as the UK’s en­vi­ron­ment cap­i­tal.”

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