Toddlers were terrific!

Superman met Cinderella at DZG as hundreds of under-fives joined the annual Barnardo’s Big Toddle.

The youngsters, dressed as characters from their favourite books, took over Dudley Castle courtyard, at the heart of the zoo, yesterday and on Wednesday to help raise funds for disadvantaged children across the country.
DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “We are delighted to welcome back Barnardo’s Big Toddle.

“It was fantastic to see so many nurseries, childminders, playgroups and families joining us to raise funds for a very worthy cause, and everyone had a fantastic time.”

The Toddle has been held at DZG for the past 14 years and last year’s event saw more than 3,000 children from across the Midlands take part in the sponsored short walk around the site.
Barnardo’s Midland fundraiser, Pauline Clark, said: “The Barnardo’s Toddle really is a simple and fun way for young children to play a major role in helping us turn lives around. DZG is an ideal venue because children and families can see all the zoo animals after they’ve finished the Toddle.”

Lilia Witton, aged two, dressed as Dorothy gets ready to Toddle with mum Jenni Witton and Toto the dog.


Two-year-olds twins Christopher and Amelia Bowen and Holly Hanson get ready to join the annual Barnardo’s Toddle at DZG along with Dudley College childcare students, Barnardo’s mascot Tod and DZG mascot Jambi Tiger.