Pirate-themed ‘big toddle’ is a treasure trove of fun for St Thomas More’s Pre-School

THEMED WALK St Thomas More's Pre-School in Bedhampton did a sponsored toddle for Barnardo's '            Picture: Paul Jacobs 150998-1
THEMED WALK St Thomas More's Pre-School in Bedhampton did a sponsored toddle for Barnardo's ' Picture: Paul Jacobs 150998-1

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Pre-school children dressed up as pirates and walked in Bedhampton to raise money for charity.

St Thomas More’s Pre-School, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year, completed a pirate-themed ‘big toddle’ in aid 
of children’s charity Barnado’s.

I am overwhelmed by the generosity and community spirit of our parents and their children and the motivation of the children to want to help those less fortunate than themselves

Lianne Perkins

Thirty children, plus staff, parents and grandparents, participated in the walk around Rugby field in Hooks Lane, singing songs and talking about children who are less fortunate than themselves.

They spent the day making treasure maps and digging for treasure as well as singing sea shanties and other songs.

There was a competition for the best-dressed pirate and the winner received a writing kit and bat and ball set.

Pre-school manager Lianne Perkins said: ‘I am overwhelmed by the generosity and community spirit of 
our parents and their children and the motivation of the children to want to help those less fortunate than themselves.

‘Our current total is £152 and the money is still coming in.

‘We estimate a total of £200, which is an amazing amount.

‘The children have had great fun learning their songs and digging for treasure and wanted to work hard to raise money for this wonderful charity.

‘We wanted to support the good work of Barnardo’s who raise money for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the UK.’