CHILDMINDER Lisa Hannington is used to looking after children in small doses.
But she had her hands full when she took care of nine of them at the same time to raise money for a children’s charity.
Lisa, from Moldgreen, and the youngsters she looks after took part in national Chatterbox Week, the UK’s biggest sing-along week.
The event saw thousands of little voices across the country performing their favourite rhymes, raising money for children’s communication charity I Can.
Youngsters aged nine months to four took part in the sing-along at Lisa’s home with their parents.
They enjoyed learning the words, rhymes and actions to three of their favourite nursery rhymes and through doing so learned about the importance of children’s communication. The group raised £420 for I Can, which works to support the development of speech, language and communication skills in all children, with a special focus on children with a communication disability.
Lisa said: “It was quite stressful having them all there at once, but we all had a wonderful time and it was great for the children to have something they could get involved with like that.
“It must be awful for the children who can’t communicate at all and the charity is really important because it helps them.”
The money raised by Lisa and her children will help fund the charity’s research and respite care. All of the children who took part in the sing-along received a certificate for their hard work.