DOZENS of children and their families took part in a “onesie walk” to help youngsters with cerebral palsy

Pelton-based charity Heel and Toe is trying to raise £280,000 to turn a derelict building into state-of-the-art premises delivering therapy for children with complex physical disabilities.

Around 60 children and their families took part in the walk for the charity’s Footprints Appeal, raising around £2,000.

Amanda Tweedy said: “It’s a fantastic start to the campaign and we’re really grateful for everyone who got involved and made this possible.

“The Onesie Walk began as we wanted to hold an annual event which would really involve the children who come to us for therapy.

“A one-mile walk is also quite a challenge for the children and their families so it’s a great goal for them to work to and really gives them a fun day”.

Among those taking part were Mandy Hammond and 17-year-old daughter Chloe from New Brancepeth, Durham, who has been receiving therapy for Heel and Toe for nearly ten years.

Chloe said: “It was really good fun.

“I do it every year. I really like that there are lots of happy, smiley people. During my therapy I am able to stretch my legs and keep my body moving. I enjoy it because the people who give the therapy are happy and friendly.”

She added: “I would encourage everyone to donate to the Footprints Appeal as Heel and Toe doesn’t receive any government funding so we are grateful for every donation that comes from the public.”