Together we aim to increase awareness of the disease among parents of young children and, through our recently relaunched Toddle Waddle, take steps to promote a fun, enjoyable and easy way for families with young children to get together and fundraise.
The partnership will build on the work Daisy First Aid already does to inform parents about the signs and symptoms of meningitis through handing out our signs and symptoms cards on its courses.
Toddle Waddle Week
It’s also hoped that each Daisy First Aid group around the country will hold a Toddle Waddle during the first ever Toddle Waddle Week, between 4 and 10 June, helping to demonstrate it’s a company that supports causes that its customers care about.
Daisy First Aid was set up by former London police officer and mum of three Jenni Dunman in 2014 when she realised that first aid was not something regularly offered to new parents and that many lacked the skills they might need to save their child’s life. She wanted to educate them in a way that made them feel happy, confident and empowered, rather than terrified and intimidated.
Our Toddle Waddles are a fun-filled, short, sponsored walk for little feet. As such, they sit happily alongside Daisy First Aid’s ethos and approach to its training.
Passionate about First Aid
“We train thousands of parents every year and when you get that call to say a parent saved their child’s life that is the most unbelievably emotional feeling,” Jenni said.
“We are all so passionate about the importance of first aid and absolutely love what we do.”
Daisy First Aid offers fun and fear-free first aid courses designed for parents and child carers. In a two-hour class, which takes place in the attendee’s own home or a local venue, parents learn how to treat the most common accidents and emergencies calmly and confidently.
The company also offers fun interactive classes for children aged 7 to 18 and teachers. You can find out more on the Daisy First Aid website.
Saving lives and rebuilding futures
Beth Bottrill, our Fundraising Director, added, “We’re thrilled to team up with Daisy First Aid to help promote meningitis awareness and, through our Toddle Waddles, raise funds to support those whose lives have been affected by it."
“Sadly, babies, toddlers and children under 5 are most at risk of meningitis – over half of all cases are within this age group. Every penny raised by our Toddle Waddlers will help save lives and rebuild the futures of those affected."
“We look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with Jenni and her colleagues at Daisy First Aid around the country.”
Organising a Toddle Waddle is a doddle with our free pack of ideas and online resources to help you – simply get in touch at www.toddlewaddle.co.uk or call our friendly team on 01453 768 000 to find out more.
Our pack this year features stories from five inspirational children who are all rebuilding their lives with our support after their experience of meningitis.