Over 300 families across County Durham have taken part in a mile
long 'toddle' to raise money for the local hospital's children's
Families and staff from Busy Bears Nursery, Bearpark and Busy
Bees in Newton Hall organised a mile long 'Busy Big Toddle' earlier
in the year and have raised £5, 771.10 for the Treetops ward at
University Hospital of North Durham.
The Busy Big Toddle was a slow stroll of just over a mile from
each of the nurseries to a near-by field. Emma Graham from Busy
Bears Nursery said: "The theme this year was Animal Fun. We came
dressed up as our favourite animals; we had jungle lions, wild
cats, fluttering butterflies, busy bees and many farm
animals. Many people turned up for the toddle including mums,
dads, grans, grandads, aunties and uncles - it was lovely to see
everyone. The children had an opportunity to learn about children
less fortunate than themselves and why it's important to help
"This year we decided to raise money for the Treetops ward as we
often find our families have been supported by Treetops somewhere
along the line and always speak so highly of the dedicated team of
staff in that unit. This varies from babies born with special
requirements to the general high temperatures, little tinkers
putting things up their noses… and so on!! We also wanted to
keep it local to a hospital with the A&E department where our
families can sometimes end up in (although we try our best to avoid
it) with the under 5s a trip to the hospital is all too much of a
common experience for families with small children!
"We've also donated a canvas made by some children at the
nursery which we hope will go on display in the ward."
Colin Smith, Matron on the Treetops ward said: "This is a
tremendous amount! We are extremely grateful to all the staff and
families from the two nurseries who took part in the toddle and
have contributed to this fantastic donation. We really would like
to say a huge thank you to all those involved as this amount will
make a real difference to the ward and our patients. We will be
using the money to buy some very special equipment, called an
ophthalmoscope. It is the latest equipment for examining most
effectively a young patient's eyes, ears and throats and is wall
mounted so we hope to be able to provide this equipment in each of
our rooms now, thanks to this donation."
Busy Bears and Busy Bees are a family run business with mum Sue
Graham managing the Newton Hall based Busy Bees and daughter Emma,
managing the Busy Bears nursery at Bearpark.
Published: 18 August 2011
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham