Super heroes flock to Eaton Park in Norwich for annual Barnardo’s Big Toddle

Batman and Spiderman were joined by a raft of their rival super heroes in Norwich last week.

Rather than hatching a plot on how to fight their Norfolk enemies however, the super heroes were helping each other to raise money for charity.

Of course it wasn't the real Batman or Spiderman, but 70 local toddlers who had grabbed their capes and taken flight as part of an annual fundraising event.

The Barnardo's Big Toddle event was held in Norwich's Eaton Park last Wednesday, to raise money for some of the UK's most vulnerable children, including those with physical and learning disabilities.

The children received a lively warm-up by staff from local music and movement classes, Jo Jingles, before BBC Look East's Amelia Reynolds and her two-year-old daughter Annabel, got the half-mile sponsored walk underway.

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Beckie Clifton of Jo Jingles, and official volunteer for Barnardo's, said: 'We are delighted to see so many toddler Super Hero's here in Eaton Park today, raising money for such a worthy cause.

'We are very grateful for the help from the students of City College Norwich and staff at John Lewis Norwich for supporting and marshalling the event and of course to Amelia Reynolds and Annabel for bringing the sunshine with them.'

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Barnardo's Big Toddle is a short sponsored walk for under-fives, which saw more than 300,000 children toddling all over the country in 2011.

This year the Big Toddle was sponsored by Little Dish, the UK's fastest-growing children's fresh, healthy food company.

Toddlers and parents who couldn't attend the Eaton Park Toddle are being encouraged to create their own event for the campaign in their local park or back garden.

For more information, go to or call 0845 270 9900.

- Are you planning a community event? Contact Local Life editor Rosa McMahon on 01603 772495 or email

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