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Wednesday, 23 September 2020


Charity launches virtual fundraiser the whole family can join in with

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CHILDREN’S Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) is asking North East families to make their lockdown count by using their daily exercise to fundraise, and have fun doing it!

The charity has launched its first-ever Virtual Toddle which is a challenge for children to clock up one mile however they want to and get people to sponsor them.

This is in place of CHUF’s annual Toddle event at Close House which is one of the charity’s biggest fundraisers. Last year, 400 children and their families gathered for the one mile ‘toddle’ raising over £25,000.

To cover the mile distance at home this year, children could walk, run, skip, hop, dance, do it in fancy dress, on a trampoline or with a team of teddy bear friends – anything goes! Families are being encouraged to complete the Virtual Toddle together and share photographs with CHUF on social media.

All CHUF asks is that virtual toddles are completed by the end of June and social distancing is followed.

CHUF’s 2019 Toddle fundraiser which raised over £25,000

Charlotte Campbell, Director of Fundraising and Operations at CHUF, said:

“Our Toddle is such an enjoyable day and we’re really sad it can’t go ahead, but we’d love to see families still get involved by having fun with their own version at home and make this year’s Virtual Toddle feel like a huge online community!

“This is one of our major fundraising events of the year and our Heart Families need us now more than ever, so we’ve done everything we can to make it as easy as possible for people to take part and fundraise safely. We’ve created a downloadable toddle fundraising pack filled with ideas of how people could complete their toddle, guidance on how to set up their fundraising page, a sponsorship form and other ways to raise money.

“We are all ready to take on our own toddles with our families, and can’t wait to see others joining in. Let’s see if we can use our time at home for good and beat last year’s total!”

Charities including CHUF have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic with fundraising events like the Toddle cancelled or postponed, which comes at a time when people’s need for support is at its highest.

All money raised from the Virtual Toddle will help CHUF fund the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and the charity’s work supporting babies and children living with heart conditions all over the UK.

For more information and to sign up, visit www.chuf.org.uk/events/chuf-events/chuf-virtual-toddle-2020/.

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