Category: Charity

Cycle Through Zanzibar With HIPZ

cycle through Zanzibar with HIPZ
Beach near Nnugwi, Zanzibar

Imagine an amazing cycling trip, a life-changing experience, all whilst helping an incredible charity. Here’s how you can cycle through Zanzibar and support HIPZ in their life-saving work:

What comes to mind when you think of Zanzibar? White sandy beaches, clear blue seas, Freddie Mercury…? Zanzibar is a holiday-maker’s dream but it is also home to 1.3 million people who are living with an under-resourced health care system. This idyllic island has just one doctor to every 20,000 people. To put this into context, the UK has one doctor to every 400 people.

In 2007, the charity Health Improvement Project Zanzibar (HIPZ) started working in Makunduchi Hospital. At the time there were no doctors, non-existent management and extremely run down, dilapidated facilities. There were high levels of infant and maternal mortality, malnutrition, and disease. HIPZ’s involvement has led to a reduction in child and maternal mortality, a significant improvement in facilities, and an increase in trained staff. This success led to HIPZ supporting a second hospital, Kivunge, in 2012. HIPZ is unique in the way that it works, ensuring that it never replaces the statutory responsibilities of the government. You can read more here. (more…)

Your Opportunity to Cycle in Prudential Ride London 100 2016

Prudential Ride London 100 2016Sounds great right? Well it is, but I’d like to get serious for a few moments, if that’s OK? We’ve seen a lot of traumatic events take place in 2015 with so much sadness and heart ache affecting so many innocent lives all over the world. The media has been filled with images of parents and children fleeing their homes, seeking asylum and in far too many cases, not making it to safety. We’ve seen wars, terrorism, natural disasters…so many different events in one year where children’s lives have been severely impacted.

So, here’s how you can help whilst also cycling in one of the best UK rides. (more…)

Ouch! But oh so awesome! The Comic Relief Danceathon 2015


Comic Relief danceathon 2015, Red Nose Day 2015
Clockwise from top left: Me raring to go!, Me and my fabulous dancing partners Jen, Rosie and Hannah, In all our get-up with Red Noses for wings, Me after 6 hours of dancing!, Me with Hannah and Rosie about two hours in, Hannah busting some moves, The wonderful Team Honk founder members: (L-R) Penny Alexander from A Residence & Parent Shaped, Annie Spratt from Mammasaurus and Tanya Barrow from MummyBarrow (thanks to Penny for the centre picture)

I did it!! *dances around joyously* I danced for six whole hours with Team Honk for the first ever Comic Relief danceathon!

I can’t deny it didn’t hurt. It was more than a little bit ouch at times but it was completely awesome! Thanks to wonderful fellow bloggers and marvellous friends Team Honk has raised over £30,000. I told you! Completely awesome! It makes it worth every cramp, ache, pain and three nights of sleep deprivation! (more…)

Two Sleeps to Go for the Tutu and Team Honk!

Team Honk for Comic Relief 2015

Only two sleeps to go until I will be dancing my little socks off with Team Honk for Comic Relief. As well as being International Women’s Day (a big shout out to all the women’s cycle rides scheduled) Sunday 8 March is also the day of the Red Nose Day danceathon.

I’ll be donning a tutu and leg warmers and busting moves for six hours at Wembley Arena for Comic Relief. Yes, SIX hours people!! Think of the miles I could cycle in that time or the marathons I could run (erm, no I can’t run, but you get the analogy I’m trying to make)! Instead, I’ll be using just as much energy dancing a different style every 30 minutes. It’s going to be like a six hour long aerobics session! (more…)

Team Honk & Comic Relief: Are you dancing? I’m asking!

Red Nose Day Danceathon 2015, Team Honk Danceathon

This time last year I was in training ready for a 50km cycle ride from Grantham to Nottingham dressed as Robin Hood. Not something you do everyday but I was part of the award winning Team Honk bloggers for a baton relay all in aid of Comic Relief.

My fellow Nottingham blogger team mates, friends and I endured nine punctures in ice cold wind and rain and were truly exhausted at the end of the day. It took us eight hours in all to complete something which we thought we would have had wrapped up in half the time! We were even too exhausted to eat cake at the end of the day and it took a good few days to recover. I remember the very next day I just wanted to cry – I experienced this massive low and was sooo tired I could barely move. Sounds ridiculous for a 50km ride doesn’t it, but it was like nothing I’ve experienced before. We were on and off the bike riding canal paths that seemed intent on piercing our times every few hundred metres and once we were cold and wet it was so hard to warm up again. But, it was amazing fun – I can say that in retrospect – and the camaraderie was so brilliant that I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. And we were raised an incredible amount of money for some fantastic causes in the UK. I can honestly say being part of Team Honk was one of the highlights of 2014 for me. (more…)

Sport Relief 2014: Robin Hood, Robin Hood and his Merry (Wo)men!

Sport Relief 2014
Penny, Jenny, Hannah and I

I mentioned that this year I have kindly been asked to take part in the #TeamHonk blogger relay for Sport Relief 2014. Whoop! It’s been great fun so far, even the training rides on cold mornings where my fingers and toes have turned numb within 15 minutes of heading out. And that’s even with my thickest woollen gloves and neoprene overshoes – has anyone any tips on how I can conquer this by the way? Please!? It hurts! (more…)