Sponsored Onesie Walk
On Bank Holiday Monday we hosted our annual Sponsored Onesie Walk at Saltwell Park, Gateshead and the event was such a success it made front page news in Tuesday’s edition of The Journal.
Families from all over the North East eagerly lined up in their onesies for the 1 mile sponsored walk to begin. Over 150 people attended the walk , including children with disabilities who attend Heel & Toe Charity for free therapy. The walk was led by local Gateshead Air Cadets Squadron 361 who brought their drums and we also had Spiderman alongside Elsa and Ana from Frozen join us.
The children had a fantastic time as they walked 1 mile around the park to beat of drums. Each child had been sponsored to take part in the walk to raise money for Heel & Toe Charity. All money raised will go towards providing free therapy to children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities in the North East. At the end of the walk each child received a keepsake Heel & Toe bag with snacks and a certificate to put on their wall.
There were prizes for the best Onesie and the children enjoyed time exploring the Fire Engine, Birds of Prey and also having their faces painted by our facepainter -Naomi Alexander Austin.
To view our gallery on Facebook CLICK HERE.
Huge thank you to everyone who took part and volunteered including;
361 Gateshead RAF Cadets , Make It Magical, 2B Communications, Naomi Austin – Face & Body Painting, Baywings Falconry, Anthony Barrnet Jose, Saltwell Park, Byron Place and Gateshead Fire Station Crew.
#footprintsappeal – Get involved
At the walk we launched our #footprintsappeal which involves us having to raise £280,000 in total, to refurbish our second centre in Perkinsville, Chester-Le-Street.
Plans for the building
Our aim is to transform the building to offer unique services to children living throughout the North East region. We want to offer;
- Hydrotherapy pool that can help up-to-four children in each session and have fully trained staff assisting with therapy.
- Intensive block physiotherapy in a large adapted therapy room.
- Rebound therapy.
- Accommodation for children, siblings and parents to access whilst accessing weekly intensive physiotherapy.
No other charity offers such vital services to children that have physical disabilities.
To read about our onesie walk and #footprintsappeal which featured on the Chronicle Live website CLICK HERE.