Updated: Wednesday, 12th August 2020 @ 4:05pm

Toddlers set the pace with charity walk

Toddlers set the pace with charity walk

By James Johnson

The Teddy Toddle, part of an ongoing series of charity events at the Trafford Centre, took place this week.

The Toddle on September 24 was part of the Trafford Centre’s ongoing charity campaign for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.

Charity Spokesperson Julie-Anne Weaver said “The Teddy Toddle is a short walk that toddlers and pre-schoolers can get involved with.”

She added: “If they want, they can bring along their teddy!”

Humphrey, the hospital’s life-sized green teddy bear mascot, welcomed children and joined them on their adventure that started and finished at Orient Way.

The campaign is backed by former Coronation St star Tina O’Brien, who described herself as being “delighted” to lend her support to the event.

Speaking about the event, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Chairman Maurice Watkins said:”Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity is all about making a difference to children and their families while they are in hospital.”

Mrs Weaver said that the charity aims to make difficult time spent in hospital a little easier for children and their families.

To date, the centre has raised more than £58,000 – and has its sights set on a target of £70,000.

The money raised is being used to fund potentially life-saving haemodialysis machines.

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital opened on Oxford Road in Central Manchester in June 2009, and treats over 135,000 patients a year.

Patients typically come from the North West of England, but some come from elsewhere seeking specialist treatment.

The charity has three main functions. These are:

  • Supporting research to help understanding of children’s illness
  • To create a child-friendly environment
  • Providing state of the art equipment for diagnosis and treatment of children.