The staff day nursery at Chase Farm Hospital celebrated children’s charity Barnardo’s ‘Big Toddle’ in August, raising over £550 for the charity.

The ‘Big Toddle’ is an annual fundraising walk for children under 5 organised by Barnardo’s.

During the week children aged under five, along with staff from the nursery, dressed up as pirates and mermaids to complete the annual toddle. They walked half a mile around the garden and were awarded with stickers and a medal to celebrate their success.

The toddle also marked a fond farewell to some of the children, most of who have been at the nursery since they were six months old, who will be starting school in September.

Laura Hanna, deputy nursery manager at the Royal Free London, said: “The children always enjoy the ‘Big Toddle’ and dressing up in their costumes. Our wonderful parents always raise plenty of sponsorship from family and work colleagues, making sure the week is a resounding success.”

For more information about the Chase Farm Hospital staff day nursery please contact Laura Hanna by email:

Picture (L-R): pirate: Jaiden Dervish and mermaid: Leyla Gocoglu.


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About the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free began as a pioneering organisation and continues to play a leading role in the care of patients. Our mission is to provide world class expertise and local care. In the 21st century, the Royal Free London continues to lead improvements in healthcare.

The Royal Free London attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation, haemophilia, renal, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and we are a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.

In July 2014 Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital became part of the Royal Free London.