[To donate, visit the London Team Honk’s giving page or text HONK to 70005 and donate £5]
I’m sitting at my desk, listening to the rain lashing and the wind howling. In the bedroom next door, Austin’s coughing in his sleep (poorly boy, still ill with the family lurgy), and D isn’t long back, after battling his way home through the tube-strike human traffic.
But…..today the Pigeons and I walked part of the 13-mile #Honkopoly cross-London route, devised by Vanessa (HPMCQ), Sophie (Franglaise Mummy) and Sarah (Grenglish) as part of #Teamhonkrelay, a country-wide Sport Relief fundraiser.
Even the short bit we managed to do was a challenge…..and now we’re home safe and dry!
A HUGE thank-you to the people who’ve sponsored us already. And it’s not too late: you can visit the London Team Honk’s giving page or text HONK to 70005 and donate £5.
Here’s a quick round-up of our day:
First thing in the morning, sitting waiting (and waiting….and waiting) for trains that kept being cancelled, seemed so much more fun with shiny (Mum-made) top hats on our heads.
At last! A crowded train arrived, with commuters to kick, and seats to smear our muddy shoes on.
We met up with the gang at Victoria. Uju spotted our top hats and welcomed us to the fold; Gretta gave me some tips on journalism, and Kelly helped look after Austin and Gwen while I ran off for provisions. (this picture, and the ones below, are by Julia Boggio at www.boggiostudios.com)
And the sight of regal horses was enough to lift the spirits of any poorly four-year-old.
Pall Mall was where we said goodbye to the team. It was time to head home, to stave off any worsening of Austin’s Winter chill.
We DID get caught in the rain on the way home. But cardboard hats (especially when you jam them over your ears) are surprisingly good at holding off the elements.
And a trip to the local cafe, for hot chocolate and a bacon sarnie, was just the ticket for rounding off a happy rainy fundraising morning.
(these last two pictures were taken by me; sadly we weren’t joined by Julia Boggio in the local greasy spoon!).
In our absence, the rest of the #Honkopoly gang went on to visit Monopoly sites across London. Swazi took the relay baton by train to Fleet, to hand it over to Mummy Barrow (one third of the original Team Honk – which also includes Annie and Penny). They were all rained upon, and no doubt have blisters as big as their ears.
I was proud to have joined (for a wee while) such a gorgeous gang of big-hearted people. Sorry there wasn’t space to mention them all here; you can see the full line-up on the Team Honk website.
Hurrah for London, and #Honkopoly.
The first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014. The public can join the fun and games by running, swimming or cycling their way to raising cash at over a thousand venues around the country, including the landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.