Toddlers all set to plod

Toddler Plod at Gulliver's World in Milton Keynes
Toddler Plod at Gulliver's World in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes theme park Gulliver’s Land is set to hold its second Toddler Plod for a children’s charity after last year’s event proved a big hit.

The event will see hundreds of toddlers step out on a short sponsored walk beginning at noon on Thursday, September 24 at the family theme park.

It will raise money for Gulliver’s chosen charity POD, which organises entertainment on hospital children’s wards up and down the country, bringing smiles to children’s faces when they need it most.

‘Plodding’ will consist of five short stages of around 50 metres each, led by members of the Gully Gang.

It will start with Gilly’s Gentle Plod to get little legs started, before children will be challenged to plod like a piggy, a lion (roaring all the way!) and an elephant waving its trunk in the air. Then, Gully’s Grand Plod will see toddlers toddle in procession to the finish line.

The park will be open from 11am on the day of the Toddler Plod for registration plus entertainment, music, dancing, face painting, character appearances and more. It is a great day out for preschool and toddler groups, as well as families.

With the Plod under their belts, participants are welcome to enjoy theme park fun, with specially selected rides and attractions open just for little ones from 12.30pm to 2.30pm , and entertainers on hand to bring an extra dose of fun to the special day.

It costs just £2 to register a child for the Toddler Plod, plus a minimum £3 sponsorship donation which goes directly to POD. You can also boost your fundraising for POD by downloading a sponsorship form from the Gulliver’s website (www.gulliversfun.co.uk), helping to bring smiles to the faces of children in hospital. The closing date for registrations is September 21.

Each child participating in the Toddler Plod will receive a certificate, a commemorative award and a fantastic prize pack filled with loads of goodies.

A Gulliver’s spokesperson said: “The Toddler Plod is set to be a huge day out for under-fives so we’d love you to get involved and help us to raise lots of money for a wonderful cause - just £5 is enough to pay for one child’s smile in a hospital near you!”

“We never know when the little ones amongst our friends and family might require some hospital treatment. It’s comforting to know that in such an event, it can still be a happy experience with the help from POD entertainers. POD currently run shows in 80% of the UK’s children’s hospices and hospital wards. We want to help increase that to 100% and to add even more shows per week!”

Participants can sign up and download sponsor forms online now at www.gulliversfun.co.uk

For more about POD visit: www.podchildrenscharity.com