CHILDREN from nurseries and playgroups dressed up as animals such as tigers and giraffes and took part in a half-mile walk to raise money for vulnerable children.

A further £9,792 was also raised by toddlers and their families across other areas in Merseyside.

Nurseries and parents are now signing up to take part in this year's Big Toddle, which runs from June 19 to June 25 and has the theme of 'colours'.

Since 1997, the Big Toddle has raised £14.5m.

The event is marking its 20th anniversary this year by teaming up with Teletubbies, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The antics of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po have featured in more than 400 episodes of the popular TV programme and entertained children in more than 120 countries.

A huge thank you to everyone who will be taking part.

The Big Toddle is a great opportunity for little ones to enjoy themselves and help raise vital funds at the same time.

Last year the event raised almost £600,000 which is helping to transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in this region.

Lynn Perry, director, Barnardo's North West