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Sponsored toddle benefits BMS

A church group’s sponsored walk has raised money for BMS work in Thailand

A BMS video about a project for disabled children in Thailand was the inspiration for a recent sponsored walk by a West Sussex church’s parent and toddler group.


Children, parents and grandparents from the group at Green Fields Baptist Church in Tilgate, Crawley, raised £171.50 on their autumn ‘toddle’ for BMS work in Chiang Mai.


People were so moved when they watched BMS’ Birthday Scheme video, Inspiring Smiles, which features Hope Home, that they decided to raise money for BMS.


Sue Elliott, mission representative at the church, says, “We did two ‘toddles’ – one for our Tuesday group, the other for Wednesday’s session – and in total some 30 families took part, dragging, carrying and pushing children ranging from three-week-old babies to three-year-olds.


“The walks took place around the park which backs onto our church. Fortunately there is a playground about halfway round for a well-earned break!


“The weather was very kind to us and, being autumn, there were plenty of leaves to collect – much to the delight of the cleaning team!”


“Sponsors were mainly family members and friends, although one mum has a relative who is a pub landlord, and they passed the sponsor form round the pub on a Saturday evening, boosting the funds considerably!”


Green Fields Parents and Toddlers group started some ten years or more and runs on two mornings, serving the local communities of Tilgate and Furnace Green.


Sessions are led by members of the church, together with volunteer helpers and a lot of support from children’s parents and grandparents.


The sponsored toddles for selected charities happen twice every year and have been running for three years now. On this occasion, half the total raised was allocated to BMS, with the other half benefiting a UK-based hospital trust.


Hope Home is a foster care home for special needs children in Chiang Mai and was co-founded by BMS worker Judy Cook in 2007. She continues to work there as director, alongside BMS physio Lizz Maycock. The home offers activities such as physiotherapy, play, singing and horse-riding and currently accommodates six children.


How might a group at your church creatively raise funds for BMS World Mission? Get more information from our sponsorship page.





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