Charity begins at nursery

SR1bDid you feel the world wobble last month?

We assured Willow that her and her fellow nursery-goers’ efforts to jellify the planet reached at least as far as where we were in the city.

The pre-schoolers were jumping, twirling, wobbling, bouncing and more all in aid of Sport Relief which gave both Willow and her brother at his school the chance to don their athletic attire and have sporty fun in aid of charity.

With many fundraisers such as 5Ks and 10Ks beyond the stride of little ones it’s lovely that new initiatives are being designed specifically for younger children too as their enthusiasm will more than match any daddy long legs.

Missed Sports Relief?  Don’t worry, there’s still lots more fun to get involved with.

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Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children
April 23-29, 2018
The money raised by muddy puddle splashers will help save children’s lives all over the world.  Save the Children believes “that every last child should get the chance to learn, play and grow up happy and healthy – no matter where they’re born”.

giantwiggleThe Giant Wiggle for Action for Children
May 7-13, 2018
Wriggly wigglers can be inspired by the Very Hungry Caterpillar and raise money to help Action for Children support vulnerable children all across the UK.

BlissLittleHeroesBliss Little Heroes
Heroes month in June 2018 or your choice of date
The superhero walk raising money for premature and sick babies is calling for families, schools and clubs across the country to dress up and walk in celebration of a little hero as well as supporting the 95,000 babies born needing hospital care this year.

ToddleWaddleToddle Waddle Week for Meningitis Now
June 4-10, 2018
Help fight meningitis by taking a wonderful waddle with your little ones.  All children can take part whether they are in a pushchair, wheelchair, crawling, waddling or walking.  There’s no minimum distance and, if the Toddle Waddle Week isn’t well timed for you, then you can also choose your own date.

BigToddleThe Big Toddle for Barnardo’s
June 18-24, 2018
The Teletubbies are the celebrity faces for this “little sponsored walk for little people”.  As well as the toddle you could also hold a Teletubbies picnic or bake sale to raise funds too.

DenDayDen Day for Save the Children
Your choice of date
Another fundraising challenge from Save the Children, you can now build your den and get sponsored to sleep the night in it on whatever date suits you best.  Get creative, spend time with the family and raise money to help “children growing up in some of the toughest places in the world”.

Do you know of any other fundraising challenge specifically designed for little ones to take part in?

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Skellingthorpe May Day 3k 2017

Superheroes aplenty took their places at the starting line of the Skellingthorpe May Day 3k this morning.

Iron Man, several Spidermen and a Batman and Robin who were raising money for the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance were among the runners to tackle the race held in Monson Playing Field.

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Luke is a very enthusiastic runner and as a family we have taken part in the Lincoln Santa Fun Run twice and the Sports Relief Mile and I’ve been keeping a look out for any similar family friendly events.

3K ScheduleThe published schedule for the Skellingthorpe 3k seemed to suggest it would offer exactly the right atmosphere with it urging “If young children struggle to complete all 4 laps, don’t force them round – it’s a fun run after all!  All participants are entitled to their medal and goodies whatever distance they do”.

And the warmth of welcome and inclusivity projected by the organisers (the true superheroes of the day) were well rewarded as the participants ranged from the miniest of minis (3-month-old Faith came across a 5-month-old also taking on the course from the vantage point of a baby sling) to those competing to be the fastest under 5 all the way up to those who fit into the grander age categories.  All the younger competitors were allowed to choose some sweat bands and soon Luke was bedecked in a read headband and Willow in matching wristbands.

IMG_2038Luke and daddy got off to a speedy start but, despite competitive mummy’s eyes being on the under 5s’ prize, he also found other competitors and the water stations very interesting too as well as high-fiving stewards and stopping every now and then to make daddy say “ready, steady, run”.  He’d obviously read the notes that it was all about the taking part too.

IMG_2042Willow also made a very determined start and was very keen to keep up with those around her, her arms pumping as hard as her legs.  When she finally realised quite how far in front daddy and Luke were, however, she found it quite upsetting and completed her lap in mummy’s arms next to Faith in her sling.  Three people crossing the lap line on two legs garnered us a nice special mention from the lovely commentator followed by a more concerned “Are you all right mum?” at which point I assured him, off microphone, that we were headed off the track at that point.

Everyone loves a goody bag though don’t they and Willow’s good mood was soon restored when she discovered hers included not only a medal and wristband but also some biscuits and they fuelled her happy dancing whilst waiting for daddy and Luke at the finish line.

We’re definitely planning to be at the starting line again next year – perhaps we’ll even come as our super powered alter egos too!