Barnardos Launches Big Toddle 2022


Barnardos children’s charity recently launched their 19th annual Big Toddle. This year Barnardos celebrates the Big Toddle’s Little Heroes –  Ireland’s youngest fundraisers who help vulnerable children their own age by completing a fun half-mile sponsored walk in their creche, childcare group, pre-school and with their families. Over the last 19 years these Little Heroes have toddled more than 300,000 miles and raised  €4.2 million in support of Barnardos Early Years Services. 

Big Toddle Ambassador Karen Koster said: “I’m delighted to be part of Barnardos’ Big Toddle and proud of the hard work of all the little fundraisers across the country. Every child taking part should see themselves as a Little Hero. What could be more special than children helping children to have happy childhood memories? I’m encouraging crèches, pre-schools, community groups and families to get involved to help raise money to support Barnardos’ Early Years services across the country. To join in the fun, register today at Enjoy and happy toddling everyone! “ 

Barnardos Director of Fundraising, Mary Gamble said: “Barnardos has worked with children and families in Ireland for 60 years to transform the lives of vulnerable children, because childhood lasts a lifetime. We know that as a result of the cost of living increases the families we support are under more pressure than ever before. This is why this year’s Big Toddle is so important – because with the help of Ireland’s littlest fundraisers we can reach more children who need us.  I urge you to register your family or creche online at’  

Whether you’re a local crèche, a parent or a childminder you can organise your own Big Toddle anytime in May or June by registering at - your support ensures that some of the youngest and most vulnerable children Barnardos works with are given the best possible start in life.   

Sarah Brooks

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