Tots’ picnics raise £580 for charities

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Generous parents in Ripley helped to raise £580 at a series of musical picnics this summer.

Parents, carers, pre-schoolers, toddlers and babies flocked to Crossley Park in Ripley, Belper River Gardens, Hall Leys Park in Matlock and Darley Abbey Village Hall for the free events and basked in the sunshine as children danced to the Hokey Cokey, Dingle Dangle Scarecrow and Horsey Horsey.

Special guests at the picnics included Incy Wincey Spider, Bob the Builder, the Funky Monkey and Wiggly Woo.

Although all of the sessions were free, Twistin Tots had donation buckets on hand to raise money for the Rainbows Hospice, The Alzheimer’s Society and Turnditch CE Primary School. All three organisations will receive £191.

Twistin’ Tots leader Jacqui Davis said: “We had a fabulous time at all four picnics and I estimate that we had over 500 families in attendance over the four events.

“These were the best picnics to date, as we actually managed to have sun for all of them! We did have a bit of rain at Ripley, but most of the children were under the parachute at the time and I don’t think they even noticed.

“The summer picnics are now so popular that people look out for them – there aren’t many free things to do with your children over the summer - so we will be back next year; hopefully with even more events and raising even more money.”

Twistin’ Tots, Twistin Tikes and Twistin Tinies classes aim to promote learning, co-ordination and movement in young children.

Most use simple actions that children can join in with and there are also a variety of props used to assist children’s learning development and motor skills.

The three class types offer something for ages nought to five years, three to five years and nought to 18 months.

Classes run in term time at a variety of locations throughout Derbyshire, including Spondon, Darley Abbey, Ripley and Belper.

Classes this term recommenced on Monday, September 12.

New classes are currently being planned for Alfreton and Wingerworth after the October half term.

Each class costs £3 for over ones and £1.50 for under ones. Additional children are £1 each.

Sessions take place at Ripley Methodist Church, in Wood Street, on Wednesdays from 9.45am to 10.45am.

See www.twistintots.co.uk for more information or visit the Twistin Tots Facebook page.