Marie Curie launches flipping fabulous fundraiser

By Jessica Durston - 16 November 2021

  • Some young fundraisers with Penelope the Penguin

    Some young fundraisers with Penelope the Penguin

The terminal illness charity is calling on young fundraisers to take part in its newly launched Penguin Parade.

The Penguin Parade will see young children from nurseries and primary school classes go for a waddle of any distance to raise money and support local families affected by terminal illness.

The festive fundraiser is fronted by Penelope the Penguin, who will make an appearance in plush toy form in nurseries and schools taking part.

Riona Houghton, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Wiltshire said: “We’re so excited to be launching this brand-new fundraising event and hope our young supporters enjoy stretching their legs and going for a little waddle with Penelope.

“Christmas can be a difficult time for those who are bereaved, living with a terminal illness, or caring for a loved one at the end of life. By taking part in the Penguin Parade, you can help us continue to be there for everyone who will need us now and in the future.

“Penelope hopes to join in on all the fun, but a little birdie tells us that stocks of Penelope the Penguin are limited, so pull your flipper out, and sign up now!”

The Penguin Parade is aimed at children aged between 1 - 6 and the charity recommends taking part in small groups, such as nurseries or primary schools.

Once signed up, participants will get everything they need for the perfect Penguin Parade, including Penelope the Penguin a soft cuddly toy.

More information on Penguin Parade and how to sign up, can be found at or by contacting local Wiltshire Community Fundraiser, Riona on 07876 748717.

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