FAMILIES got together in the sunshine at Heddon-on-the-Wall to fund-raise for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund.

The annual Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) toddle saw 400 children taking part on Sunday – its biggest ever field.

A mile-long route around Close House provided plenty of fun for those taking part, as characters such as Alice in Wonderland and Tinkerbell popped up along the way.

Michelle Fortune, senior fund-raising manager at CHUF, said: “It was absolutely glorious sunshine and there were lovely smiles on everyone’s faces. This is about the fifth year and it gets bigger and better every year.

“Families come from all over the UK, especially families whose children have been treated on the children’s heart unit (at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle).”

All the children had done their own fund-raising, and while the total has not yet been counted, Michelle said it had been a hugely successful year.

Close House owner and CHUF patron Graham Wylie supported the event by allowing the use of the grounds and facilities.

The venue also hosted a family fun day which was open to everyone, with rides, face painting and stalls.