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Foresters sets target of £500k for Barnardo&#39s

Foresters Friendly Society is aiming to collect more than £500,000 for Barnardo&#39s and a number of smaller local community groups.

The events will culminate with Big Foresters&#39 Toddle for Barnardo&#39s, a half-mile walk.

More than 80,000 children under the age of five are taking part in 1,000 events around the country.

Foresters has sponsored Barnardo&#39s for three years . Last year, it raised just under £400,000 to help disadvant-aged children.

Barnardo&#39s provides family centres, offers nursing andpre-school facilities, finds homes for children who cannot live with their families, helps children cope with bereavement and provides specialist care and provision for children with disabilities.

Foresters is well known for its work with charities and many of its 200,000 members in the UK are actively involved in charitable functions.

Head of group marketing and communications Steve Dilworth says: “We have backed the Toddle for the last two years because it is a great way of raising thousands of pounds for children.”

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