Children’s centre in ‘Toddle Waddle’ for meningitis charity

Staff, families, volunteers and youngsters on the 'Toddle Waddle' at Hucknall Children's Centre. (PHOTO BY: Jason Chadwick)
Staff, families, volunteers and youngsters on the 'Toddle Waddle' at Hucknall Children's Centre. (PHOTO BY: Jason Chadwick)

Staff, families, volunteers and youngsters at Hucknall Children’s Centre donned underwater outfits for a fundraising ‘Toddle Waddle’.

The colourful, fun walk, led by Lenny The Lion, waddled its way from Hucknall Library, through the town centre, collecting donations from shoppers. It ended up at Albert Street Recreation Ground, next to Hucknall Leisure Centre, where everyone enjoyed a picnic.

The underwater 'Toddle Waddle' sets off from Hucknall Library.

The underwater 'Toddle Waddle' sets off from Hucknall Library.

The event is expected to raise more than £150, from donations and sponsorship, for Meningitis Now, a national charity that supports families affected by meningitis.

Michelle Squires, community development worker at the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, which runs the Broomhill Road centre, said the ‘Toddle Waddle’ was a big success.

“It is vital to support charities which affect so many families and also to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of such a worrying disease,” Michelle said.

“We hope to make all parents and carers across Hucknall aware of what to look out for and when to seek medical help.”

Meningitis is so devastating that more than 50 per cent of cases affect under-fives.

Leah Wynn, community fundraiser at Meningitis Now, said: “Thankyou so much to everyone at Hucknall Children’s Centre for supporting us.

“Meningitis is a disease that can kill or leave survivors with life-changing disabilities and ongoing health issues, such as memory loss, deafness and loss of limbs. We receive no government funding and rely entirely on the generosity, energy and initiative of our supporters.”