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Doing our bit for Sport Relief

For the last few years, I have joined Team Honk – a group of bloggers who fundraise for Comic and Sport Relief – to raise money for people living in extreme poverty here in the UK and abroad. In 2014, we took a Monopoly-themed tour of London… And, last year we danced for 6 hours non-stop at Wembley… So far, Team Honk has raised almost £100,000 for Comic and Sport Relief and it is incredible to have been a small part of that. This year, we knew we had to do something bigger and better if we wanted to really smash our target. With requests for sponsorship landing in inboxes several times a week, we knew we had to push ourselves out of our comfort zone to get noticed this year. It was my blogging partner in crime, HPMcQ, who came up with the idea of trying to break the world record for visiting the most amount of tube stations in a day. Yes, she is mad, but there is method in her madness – we are both …

Team Honk! Danceathon for Comic Relief

When Team Honk first announced they were planning to get 500 bloggers together to dance for 6-hours non-stop at The Comic Relief Danceathon at Wembley, I hesitated for a while before officially signing up.  Not because I had doubts about doing it, but because I needed some time to get my head around the fact that I was going to. I am a big fan of Team Honk and very proud to have been part of the relay that raised over £30,000 for Sport Relief last year.  It was an incredible experience and reminded me what a wonderful and supportive community of parent bloggers’ we are. I will fundraise with Team Honk for as long as they are happy to have me. But, the idea of having 2,000 people in my personal space filled me with fear. I don’t like crowds.  I never have. I do not attend concerts or gigs, festivals or clubs.  I am not sure if it is the big open space, all the people jostling forward for a closer view of the stage, or the toilet seats that …

Honkopoly – The Real Thing

I did not sleep much the night before Honkopoly. Images of top hats, onesies, numerous google docs, and my 40-year old bladder kept me awake for most of it. The house was still.  Quiet.  I was not being asked for food, drinks or electrical devices. My phone was not flashing with unread text messages or twitter alerts. In the room next to mine, a 4-year old boy was sleeping soundly; and it would be a couple of hours before the Greek God(zilla) flung his arm across my body and mumbled something about bringing him a cup of tea in bed. Knowing an opportunity when it poked me in the eye, I decided to forgo sleep and use the time to have a proper catch-up instead. So, I reached down and retrieved my laptop from its sleeping place beside me, fired her up, and watched two episodes of Private Practice online. By the time dawn broke, I had finished the season finale and was happy to have the show out of my life forever more. It was time …

Honkopoly – A Dry Run

Honk whaaaaaaaaat? No, I haven’t gone completely mad.  Well, maybe just a little bit.  But it’s all for a BRILLIANT cause, so do read on and I will explain everything. Honkopoly is the name we have given to the London leg of a national fundraising event for Sport Relief, which is being organised by the social media phenomenon, Team Honk. Team Honk was founded in 2012 by bloggers’ Annie Spratt Mammasaurus, Tanya Barrow Mummy Barrow and Penny Alexander Alexander Residence, when they asked Comic Relief if they needed bloggers to get involved in fundraising.  Whilst coming up with their finalised ideas, Comic Relief invited them to travel to Ghana to help live blog and tweet the charity’s 25th birthday celebrations and record the #GoodWork that fundraising had done.  While in Ghana #teamhonk trended on Twitter several times, thanks to the hundreds of tweeters who came on board to share blog posts and tweets. Knowing that bloggers were keen to fundraise and raise awareness, Team Honk decided to come up with a major fund-raiser for Sport Relief 2014 …

Making a Difference: 25 Years of Red Nose Day

Can you believe that the first ever Red Nose Day took place on Feb 5th 1988?! This year marks the 25th anniversary of this inaugural event and to mark the occasion, Comic Relief would like to celebrate the progress of Africa and the difference the money raised by the public has made, both in Africa and here in the UK. This week, three bloggers are heading to Accra in Ghana with Comic Relief, to visit projects and see where money raised by Red Nose Day has changed lives. The bloggers, aka Team Honk, are Tanya from Mummy Barrow, Penny from The Alexander Residence and Annie from Mammasaurus.   Obviously, they will be live blogging and tweeting throughout their trip – you can follow their journey and experiences via their blogs or on the official Team Honk site. On Twitter, use the #teamhonk and #goodwork hashtags for regular updates and pics. They will be escorted by Jonathan Ross and Davina McCall as they visit four projects in Ghana – a women’s bakery, a school in a slum area, a vaccination …