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DEDICATED youngsters, parents and nursery staff braved the rain for a fundraising pier-to-pier walk.

Youngsters, parents and staff from two Tops Day Nurseries in Portsmouth went for a stroll as part of the Hadland Foundation’s inaugural walk from South Parade Pier to Clarence Pier in Southsea.

(l-r) Freya Rhone, Luca Rhone, Tops Day Nurseries room manager Jamie-Lee Restall and Zachary Martin during the walk.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142803-9890)

(l-r) Freya Rhone, Luca Rhone, Tops Day Nurseries room manager Jamie-Lee Restall and Zachary Martin during the walk.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142803-9890)

Mary Rowsell, 34, of Paulsgrove, took part with her two-year-old daughter Talisa.

She said: ‘It’s a good thing for us both to get involved in.

‘I’d probably do it again, but just hope for better weather.’

Children were welcomed by the charity’s mascot Marty Mouse at the start along with Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Steven Wylie.

8/10/2014 (NEWS)''The Hadland Foundation held a Pier 2 Pier walk on Wednesday with children from Tops Day Nurseries.''Pictured is: The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr. Steven Wylie with Marty the mouse and Bethany Naughton (3) who took part in the walk.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142803-372) PPP-140810-173107001

8/10/2014 (NEWS)''The Hadland Foundation held a Pier 2 Pier walk on Wednesday with children from Tops Day Nurseries.''Pictured is: The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr. Steven Wylie with Marty the mouse and Bethany Naughton (3) who took part in the walk.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142803-372) PPP-140810-173107001

He said: ‘Being a parent myself, it’s great to see children of all ages help raise awareness of such a great cause.

‘At one point the weather was so bad we thought it would be cancelled but they’re all in their waterproofs and wellies.’

Katarzyna Stunt, Tops Day Nursery manager at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, said: ‘We’re happy to raise money for the foundation as it’s an extension of ourselves.

‘Parents are involved in fundraising and the children were excited too.’

At the finish line participants were given a medal.

Event organiser and Hadland Foundation manager Paul Reade said: ‘As far as the weather goes, the parents knew it was probably going to be nasty today so all the kids had the proper kit. I’m very proud of their dedication.’

The Hadland Foundation was set up in 2011 with a donation from the Hadland Care Group (HCG), to help families in need across Somerset, Dorset and Hampshire.

Tops Day Nurseries are part of the HCG and it teams at the QA and Lakeside came together for the walk.