Meet the adorable twins who have been making their neighbourhood smile with daily walks in fancy dress to raise money for charity.
Twins Isla-Rose and Lily-Mae have been walking a mile a day in costume to raise money for Barnardo’s and the NHS.
They’ve been taking part in charity Barnado’s latest challenge ‘The Big Toddle’ – a short sponsored walk to raise money to help transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.
Isla-Rose and Lily-Mae have made their experience of the challenge slightly different by picking out a different fancy dress costume for every walk.
Dressing up as various animals and even Wonder Woman, the twins have loved toddling through the streets of their neighbourhood in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham.
Their proud parents Emma and Rob Austin-Goodall are both key workers themselves and signed up to be local helpers in the community during the coronavirus pandemic.
The couple have been amazed by the generosity of their loved ones with the family raising £400 from the twins’ sponsored walks in just one week.
Teacher Emma, 42, said: “They love their outfits and I am so proud of how they have taken to walking for a good distance.
“One of my girls has possible hypermobilty and research suggested I try and walk her more to strengthen her muscles so we ditched the buggy about six months ago.
“I was starting to go a little stir crazy with lockdown and wonderfully active twins!
“I needed a new ‘project’, something to aim for. I saw ‘The Big Toddle’ online, to raise money for Barnado’s and I thought… why not?!
“I like a challenge, so thought a mile a day for five days and in fancy dress!
“I also wanted to do our bit for the NHS, many of my friends have been involved and I have been listening to them.
“I posted about our challenge on Facebook, expecting to raise around £50 maybe but we are on track for £400 now and would love to raise more!
“Not only are we helping two very wonderful organisations, it has also helped with our own mental health too.
“It has also been so lovely making so many smile as we walk along on our merry little way.”