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NHS charity challenges children to host a Tiny Toes Toddle

Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity is hoping lots of little feet will have a big impact this summer as they challenge youngsters to host a Tiny Toes Toddle.

The charity is urging nurseries, play groups, child minders, infant schools and parents to host a sponsored half-mile walk to raise money for the Tiny Toes appeal, which aims to raise £150,000 to support premature and poorly babies.

Toddlers from Bright Stars Play Space at Parkgate will be taking part in the Tiny Toes Toddle, including the co-owner’s daughter Rosie Austen, aged one.
Toddlers from Bright Stars Play Space at Parkgate will be taking part in the Tiny Toes Toddle, including the co-owner’s daughter Rosie Austen, aged one.

The Tiny Toes Toddle is for children of all ages and can be completed at nursery, school, with your play group, family or friends anytime in June or July 2024.

Toddlers with a flair for fundraising at Bright Stars Play Space at Parkgate are the first to sign up.

Caroline Austen, co-founder of Bright Stars Play Space, said: “We’re big fans of the Tiny Toes appeal at Bright Stars because many of the youngsters we care for will have spent time on the neonatal unit at Rotherham Hospital when they were born.

“Now we see them healthy, happy and full of mischief here, we want to encourage them to fundraise for other tiny tots and their families when they really need it the most.

“We absolutely love the idea of a Tiny Toes Toddle and excitedly signed up to host our own with our daughter Rosie and everyone at Bright Stars as soon as we heard about the challenge. Our small and mighty participants will earn every penny they’re sponsored as we plan to include an assault course in our Toddle!

“We hope other play spaces, groups and schools follow our lead and take part too.”

The sponsored walk is aimed at youngsters aged under five, although children of all ages and abilities can take part. Those learning to toddle can roll along from the comfort of their pushchairs and older siblings can jog alongside too – the more the merrier!

A Tiny Toes Toddle can be indoors or out, at nursery, school or play group or event at a local park or woodland trail.

Tiny Toes ToddleIt’s free to take part but the charity would like Tiny Toes Toddler’s to raise as much as possible by requesting sponsorship.

The charity’s Tiny Toes appeal was launched in August 2023 and aims to raise £150,000.

The unit and its caring and compassionate staff are highly praised by families, but the facilities required upgrading to ensure their excellent standard of care can continue for generations to come. The unit had not been upgraded in 40 years.

The Trust has refurbished the unit to future-proof it, with the charity continuing to fundraise in 2024 to make it an extra special home from home for families when they need it the most.

Rachael Dawes, Head of Fundraising, said: “We know that great things happen when communities come together to fundraise and while we have some amazing challenges for adults, we wanted to inspire children to do something small but mighty to fundraise for others like them.

“We know that our Tiny Toes appeal has captured the hearts of so many fundraisers from Rotherham and beyond, which is why we’ve raised a magnificent £90,000 so far. But our hard work won’t stop until we reach our £150,000 target. We hope parents of toddlers, or those who care for them at nursery, school or at a play group will be with us every step of the way.”

For more information about the Tiny Toes Toddle or to register a Toddle, visit Tiny Toes Toddle HERE, or contact the charity team on 01709 426821 or  Donations can be made via Just Giving

The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity (Reg No 1054407) has been supporting the experience of patients cared for at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust for more than 25 years. We raise funds to support continued excellence in treatment, care and research over and above what the NHS can afford. Thanks to your donations we have funded some incredible resources, equipment and projects such as a playground, toys and entertainers for the Children’s Ward, tea parties for older patients, sensory equipment for patients with dementia, learning disabilities and autism as well as bereavement rooms and heart scanners.

There are many ways you can support us including fundraising, volunteering, sharing your skills, taking part in one of our incredible events, or leaving a gift in your Will.  No matter how big or small, your donations and support will really make a difference.

For more information visit our WEBSITE or call 01709426821. You can donate via JustGiving HERE

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is a modern, progressive Trust which serves a diverse community of more than 300,000 people. More than 4,700 staff work for us including at sites such as the Rotherham Hospital site, situated two miles south of Rotherham town centre, six miles from Sheffield and close to Doncaster and offer services from community services across Rotherham including Rotherham Community Health Centre, close to the town centre. For more information about the work of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, visit

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