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Walk like a penguin and help raise vital funds for charity

Two-year-olds Willow and Spencer join All Born Curious nursery worker Chloe for a mini Penguin Parade with Penelope

Marie Curie is calling on flipping fabulous young fundraisers across Wales to step out this festive season and take part in a penguin parade for families affected by terminal illness.

The newly launched Penguin Parade will see young children from nurseries and primary school classes go for a waddle of any distance to raise money and light up the festive season for families across the country.   The cute fundraiser is fronted by Penelope the Penguin, who will make an appearance in plush toy form in nurseries that sign up.  Parents and grandparents are also welcome to sign up for their little ones to do their own fundraiser at home.

Willow and Spencer, who attend All Born Curious Nursery in Baglan, Port Talbot, took part in a mini parade where they introduced their very own Penelope to the chickens in the garden with nursery worker Chloe Morgan.

Nursery manager, Jayne Midwinter, said: “Willow and Spencer loved showing Penelope Penguin around the garden, and we’re looking forward to seeing what other penguin-themed activities we can take part in to support the campaign.”

Ali Discombe, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser in South West Wales, said:

“We’re so excited to be launching this brand-new fundraising event and hope our young supporters enjoy stretching their legs and going for a little waddle with Penelope.

“Christmas can be a difficult time for those who are bereaved, living with a terminal illness or caring for a loved one at the end of life. By taking part in the Penguin Parade, you can help us continue to be there for everyone who will need us now and in the future.

“Penelope hopes to join in on all the fun, but a little birdie tells us that stocks of Penelope the Penguin are limited, so pull your flipper out, and sign up now!”

The Penguin Parade is aimed at young children of nursery and primary school age and the charity recommends taking part in small groups. Once people sign up, they will get everything they need for the perfect Penguin Parade, including Penelope the Penguin a soft cuddly toy. Then all that’s left to do is raise as much as possible!

For more information on Penguin Parade and to sign up visit https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/charity-events/penguin-parade-2021 or contact your local Community Fundraiser, Ali Discombe on 07515 134710.