A few years ago, I was having a few problems with this and that, and a charity I'm sure you all know well - Tommy's, really helped me out. Because of this, I've decided to feature this post about some of their fundraising events in an attempt to "do my bit".
A run with a twist and far more exciting than your average stroll in the park.Tommy’s Baby Races gives families, friends and even your little ones the chance to actively help Tommy’s give more babies the best start in life.
Organized in partnership with the pre and post- natal fitness experts, Buggyfit, the Baby Races are a series of 8K events to run or power walk with your baby in the buggy. Now in its third year, the Tommy’s Baby Races will be taking place in even more UK locations from 1st to 22nd July. Locations include London, Aylesbury,
Windsor, Cheltenham, Ruislip, Bedford, Northwich and Cambridge. Races will also be held in Cardiff and Glasgow in September.
Along with babies and buggies, hundreds of like-minded mums and dads – or other relatives who want to take part – can power walk or run the 8k courses. The routes all follow paths perfect for buggies in beautiful parks and each event begins with an aerobic warm-up, led by Buggyfit’s qualified instructors.
Upon crossing the finish-line, each participant will be awarded a fun-packed goodie-bag which includes goodies from sponsors - Cow & Gate, Forever Friends and Jump - as well as other leading brands. With children’s entertainers to keep little ones happy, the event is something the whole family can enjoy. Prizes for top fundraisers include a term’s swimming lessons from Water Babies, a Mountain Buggy Terrain, and a week’s stay at Clydey Cottages from Baby Friendly Boltholes, plus first past the finish line with a buggy at each race will win a Buggysnuggle.
Tommy’s asks each participant to try and raise £50 sponsorship – enough to pay for one of its midwives to speak to and help up to 20 worried parents. If 200 runners were to raise this, the £10,000 raised would be enough to pay for a research assistant on one of the charity’s vital research projects. Tommy’s is a national charity, funding much-needed medical research into pregnancy complications – such as stillbirth, miscarriage, and premature birth – and provides free information for all parents-to-be on pregnancy health. Tommy’s PregnancyLine is a free telephone helpline staffed by midwives that anyone can call Monday-Friday, for anyone needing emotional counselling support after the loss of a baby or a pregnancy complication.
Registering for the Baby Race couldn’t be easier: just visit www.tommys.org/babyrace for more details and locations. Entry costs £14.50, which includes your T-shirt, goodie-bag and training plan. Once registered, participants will be directed to set up a fundraising page which can be sent on to family and friends to raise
A great cause and a great day out, sound good?