Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Roaming With The Romans For #TeamHonkRelay Wales #SR14

If you've been living under a rock recently on social media then you probably wouldn't have heard of the latest mad badass thing us crazy bloggers are partaking in.

For those of you not in the know, let me try and explain a little...

Team Honk has been raising money for Comic Relief since December 2012 and last year a team of mad intrepid bloggers climbed Mount Snowdon. This year they thought big…and when I say big I mean HUGE!

Well over 200 bloggers, tweeters and Facebook'ers plus their friends and families are joining forces in a massive relay for this years Sport Relief. We are carrying the Team Honk baton as a relay from Lands End to John O'Groats in a huge zig zag across the country taking in 38 regional teams. The aim is to raise over £20,000 for Sport Relief.

Just HOW awesome is that?

This is one of the many reasons why I absolutely love blogging. Sure, there are the occasional spats - unfortunately it's a fact of life that you get the odd few that let the team down in some way - but, generally, the vast majority of bloggers are pretty blooming awesome. Some of my most treasured friends are ones I've met through blogging. We unite against the odds. We hold each others hands - albeit sometimes it's a virtual hand. We stand tall and fight for good causes. We raise money. We are a powerful voice.

So, when I heard about it I was keen to get involved.

Fair play to Tanya, Penny and Annie for pulling this mammoth task together. They deserve medals. Imagine trying to pull all this together with all these strong bloggers types? It's no easy task. But it's one that's been going amazingly. Just look at the photos of the relay so far.

I bet you're asking how I'm involved.

Well, my lovely blogger friend Claire and I are tasked with the important job of taking the baton across the Wales / England border for Team Honk.

Because there aren't really enough Welsh based bloggers to carry the baton into Wales and back out again us Welsh bloggers are a special bunch, we have our own second baton which started off in South Wales. It will eventually meet up with the main baton from Land's End and go all the way to John O'Groats on it's travels.

Claire and I have spent the last couple of weeks planning and scheming to try and get something good to live up to the awesomeness that has gone before us. We tried desperately to get some local or Welsh/Chester linked celebrities involved. Jade Jones and Iwan Thomas were sadly busy and the likes of Michael Owen just totally ignored us!

However, we have managed to bring together something that we are really happy with. Something fun and friendly and we are really looking forward to it.

This Thursday we will start off in the market town of Mold, Flintshire at a local school where some of the pupils will take part in a mini relay with the Team Honk Wales baton. Claire and I will then be walking through Mold hopefully via the Fire Station for some pole sliding (tbc) and on to the awesome Theatre Clwyd - home of fabulous arts and culture - to wreak some Sport Relief havoc. We hope to get on stage! Fingers crossed!

After that we will travel across into England proudly carrying the baton where we will be met by a Roman Solider at the Chester City walls. He will march us up into town telling us of the delights of Chester. I have to say a massive thank you to Roman Tours Ltd. for supplying us with our very own Roman for the afternoon. I am lucky enough to live very near to Chester and it's a superb city full of lots of history and culture. If you're thinking of visiting then be sure to get in touch with Roman Tours Ltd. I often see them with visitors and school parties and it really is something very special and unique in the city.

We will be hanging out down by the river and taking in the famous sights of Hollyoaks (aka Queen's Park Bridge)…sadly celebrity-less but having fun all the same. Then it's on to The Church for some well earned wine and cake!

But, and I've saved the best until last, Claire and I will NOT be doing all this in our normal clothes. Oh no! We will be wearing our Sport Relief Onesies, Sport Relief Headbands and our Sport Relief Deeley Boppers. Now, having never owned a onesie in my life, I was unsure what to expect. If someone had said to me (to quote Claire) "I look like a butch car mechanic" then I probably wouldn't have ordered one. But I did. It cost me £25 and despite looking like a very butch (and idiotic) car mechanic I will be wearing it all. Thankfully Claire and I will be together wearing the same!

Also, we will be giving out free Team Honk hugs to anyone who would like one in the hope that they enjoy their free hugs so much they feel they have to donate to the main text number. Although I get the feeling that we will be given a wide berth in our ridiculous outfits.

Surely that alone has got to be worth some sponsorship?

Thankfully my wonderful friends and family and been very generous in sponsoring us. I also jokingly said to Matt last night that if he sponsored us generously then I'd make it up to him. Unbeknownst to me, while I was in the bath, he sponsored £100. So yes, I've officially whored myself out for Sport Relief.

Again, that's got to be worth some more money, right?

If you normally donate to Sport Relief and/or Comic Relief then please donate to our fundraising target this year and support Team Honk Wales!


Or you can text HONK to 70005 to donate £5 to the Team Honk target.

Thank you xx

Team Honk 2014 blogger Relay


HELEN said...

I cannot wait to see photos of you looking like a butch car mechanic! hahahahahaha!
Good luck out there today & let me know how the pole sliding goes as that's what we're supposed to be doing on Sunday!!! agghhhhh

Looking for Blue Sky said...

The photos have been amazing! Well done to you and Claire, and rest of #TeamHonk xx

Susanne Remic said...

You totally rock the deeley boppers and you know it! Well done lovely lady, so glad the weather improved for you


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