Children transformed into their superhero alter-egos as they set out on a sponsored walk through Milton, Portsmouth to raise money for the Barnardo’s children’s charity.
Mini versions of Batman, Spiderman, Superman and Catwoman walked half-a-mile from their earthly Jack and Jill pre-school home to St James’ Park in support of Barnardo’s Big Toddle.
Despite torrential rain, all 14 three to five-year-olds lived up to their larger-than-life transformations and raised an impressive £300.
Olivia Edwards, four, donned her Catgirl outfit to get £48 in sponsorship.
She says: ‘I was dressed in black and I had a tail which was exciting.
‘It was raining, but I was happy because I was with my friends and we were doing it for children who don’t have any toys.
‘We were all jumping in the puddles – we had lots of fun.
‘It’s the first time I’ve done a sponsored walk and I’d love to do it again and raise even more money for charity.’
Blake Robertson, three, who dressed as Superman for the day and raised £40, adds: ‘It was a long walk and it was raining but I had a good time.
‘I was jumping in the puddles and laughing a lot, and I was with all my friends.
‘My family gave me money for the walk and I am very happy it is going to other children who need it.’
Jack and Jill is run by a committee of parents and its vice-chair Penny Williams organised the toddle to help Barnardo’s work with disadvantaged and vulnerable under-fives throughout the UK.
All the money raised by the pre-school children will help the charity buy bereavement therapy sessions for four children who are coping with the loss of either a parent or sibling.
Miss Williams, who accompanied her daughter Charlotte Barnes, four (Supergirl) says: ‘It was very wet but the children’s spirits were not dampened by it!
‘They all turned up with smiles on their faces, in their costumes and wellies, and had a great time.
‘For most of them it was their first sponsored event, and they were very excited about it.
‘It was lovely to see how involved they were – they had a good understanding about the charity and where their money was going.
‘I’m so impressed and proud of all of the children.’