Get your toddlers waddling

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The Meningitis Trust is calling on local nurseries and playgroups to join its waddling adventure and organise a Toddle Waddle. Toddle Waddles are fun, short sponsored walks or waddles for the under 5s, that could help save a life.

Toddlers will love waddling with the Trust’s mascot Monty the Duck and the other little ducklings and, with lots of ways to join in the fun, events are guaranteed to be a quacking success. Organising one raises awareness of meningitis among childcare staff and parents, helping to protect young lives. And, to reinforce this message, everyone who takes part receives a lifesaving signs and symptoms card.

Matt Clarke, Toddle Waddle Organiser at the Meningitis Trust, said: “Each year meningitis strikes around 2,000 children, killing 200 and leaving one in three with life-changing after-effects such as epilepsy, hearing loss, acquired brain injury and, where septicaemia occurs, even limb loss and scarring. By taking part you not only ensure that more people know about meningitis but provide much-needed support for those fighting back from it.”

Last year over 13,000 youngsters toddled, waddled, scrambled, tumbled, teetered and ‘pushchaired’ their way to raising nearly £180,000. As the Trust’s biggest fundraising event, now in its 13th year, it is hoping with the help of local nurseries to make it even bigger and better this year. Every penny of sponsorship raised will make a huge difference to the charity’s work – it relies on events like Toddle Waddle to raise the £8,000 needed every day to fund the growing demand on its services.

Once signed up (online at www.toddlewaddle.co.uk or by phone on 0845 120 4530) nurseries will be sent a free event pack with everything needed to kick-start their preparation – from colouring-in sheets and duck masks, to dressing-up feet. Online there are downloads for further materials to ensure every event is a success.