Thanks so much to all my wonderful sponsors, your generosity will make a huge difference to those living in unbelievably tough circumstances in the the UK and across Africa. There is still time to sponsor, or indeed to raise some money for Red Nose Day on Friday 24th March.
Today I wanted to share some photos to say a huge thank you. We walked 10 miles around London, in fancy dress – I went as the Mad Hatter – and prepared breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea in London Parks.
Team Honk started 4 years ago when Annie and Tanya approached Comic Relief about getting bloggers on board with fundraising. I was then invited to join the two of them on a trip to Africa to see first hand where the money goes, it was a trip that changed our lives completely and saw the birth of Team Honk, wonderfully creative and crazy blogger fundraising for Comic Relief each year.
I’ve visited projects in Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya and Nottingham and seen first hand the life changing magic of Comic Relief funding. I love that Comic Relief means I don’t have to decide between causes – projects funded by the charity address issues from cyberbullying, to homelessness, street children, drugs, mental illness, disability, poverty, domestic abuse, HIV, access to sport.
It was touch and go whether I would be able to make the fundraising day, there has been a lot of tough stuff going on behind the scenes here, plus bad timing around our prolonged attempt to move house, but it always feels important to me to do something, not nothing. Plus Team Honk is always about FUNraising.
We bumped into Jaime Oliver at the start, poor bloke was trying to have a quiet morning in the park with his wife and kids, but kindly agreed to a photo – we think he would approve of our sporting foodie challenge though.
Our struggle was partly relived by the food we ate, although carrying it was exhausting as you will see!
We were honoured that the creator of The Fire Pod and his lovely family joined us on the walk. They made incredible pizzas at our lunch stop. Such a clever invention, this gas fired and very portable pizza oven warms up in 20 minutes, and cooks pizzas in 3 minutes. Italian chefs helped to develop the idea, it’s totally unique and was backed on Kickstarter. The pizzas tasted amazing, just like the ones I’ve eaten in Italy and dreamed of bringing home. The cute little Fire Pod was the star of one of our flotilla of trolleys we pulled through the streets of London.
I also finally got to taste long term Team Honk supporter Sarah’s incredible Vasso’s Kouzina hummus, from her mother-in-law’s recipe, it’s amazing and on sale at Farmer’s Markets in New Malden, there is also a gorgoeus book of Greek recipes you need to taste.
Even more amazingly, after lunch I bumped into a lovely student I taught GCSE Drama about 15 years ago. It was a real gift to catch up, you don’t get that often.
Afternoon tea was a fine spread of tea, egg sandwiches and scones. Everyone had made so much effort and carried so much kit! It was amazing to catch up with so many legendary Team Honkers, so many people have joined the journey over the years, all of them special and to walk together for a brilliant cause.
It wasn’t all a picnic in the park, there was a lot of walking and a lot of being stared at! I never wear lipstick and haven’t worn face paint for years so I was quite relieved to part with it all in the toilets at St Pancras. There were blisters and chafing incidents amongst the team. I still have sore calves, and killer shoulders from the massive rucksack I carried full of teapot, tea cups, silver platter, scones and jam and other crazy stuff, but a head full of happy memories.
Thanks again for sponsoring, it means the world to me personally right now that I can try and change the world just a little bit, massive thanks for backing my silliness. If you still want to sponsor me, my link is here.
Are you planning to do something funny for money for Red Nose Day? If not, why not? Get involved here. Plus the animal themed t shirts this year are amazing – I am after the greyhound one!