Team Honk day-long London museum dash for Sport Relief, Saturday 19 March #passtheproud

Team Honk day-long London museum dash for Sport Relief, Saturday 19 March #passtheproud

So what, I hear you ask, is the Team Honk day-long London museum dash?

Well, Team Honk is a social media fundraising phenomenon that began in 2012, to raise money for Comic Relief and Sport Relief. Over the years there has been a visit to Ghana by Team Honk founders Tanya, Penny and Annie; a mission to the top of Mount Snowdon; a baton chase from John O’Groats to Lands End (I took part in Honkopoly, the London leg based on the Monopoly game); and, last year, a Danceathon in Wembley Arena (my, I had sore feet after those six hours of non-stop bopping!)

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This year, Team Honk has challenged people up and down the country to #passtheproud. The idea is simple:

You decide what you want to do to fundraise – from bake sales, to moon walks, to 5ks, to all day discos, to the Sport Relief official games – whatever makes you feel proud and it doesn’t have to be sporty.

I wanted to join in so, after a few nights’ pondering, I concocted a challenge: a day-long London museum dash, to visit as many of the capital’s 300+ sites as possible during opening hours on Saturday 19th March.

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The museums and art galleries of London are one of the many reasons why I eventually ended up living here, after a childhood spent in rural Wales. I love to read and write about family trips to these incredible establishments, which have the power to instantly transport you into a realm of history, ideas and beauty.

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The day-long London museum dash will involve running into each museum or art gallery, snapping an exhibit and then hot-footing it off to the next venue, by bus, tube, train and our trusty old running feet.

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I was excited to hear that original Team Honk member Penny Alexander, and Swazi Rodgers will be joining me on the day, and we’ve been working out a route together. If you, too are interested in joining in with the day-long London museum dash, please let me know at nellheshram@gmail.com.

And now comes the ask: if you’re interested in sponsoring me for this challenge, you can do so on my Sport Relief giving page. The cash would help transform people’s lives (50% of the money goes to help those in the UK and 50% around the world – principally Africa). Even if you can only spare a quid or two, it’ll go some way towards improving people’s fortunes:

£1 could provide a hot meal for a child in the UK living in extreme poverty.

£15 could provide life-saving medication for 75 children with malaria in Uganda.

£25 could provide a young person in the UK who has faced domestic abuse with a one-to-one counselling session to help them overcome their ordeal.

£50 could send a disadvantaged young person in the UK on a sports coaching course, giving them the skills they need to find work.

If you do sponsor me, sign up for the London Museum Dash sweepstake. The person who guesses the closest number of museums to our total wins a prize!

There are some inspirational Team Honk challenges scheduled over the month of March. If you’re interested to see what else is happening in the name of Team Honk #passtheproud, why not check out these pages:

Franglais Mummy’s Mauritius Relay Beach Volleyball-athon (and yes, it is in Mauritius, where it’s over 35°C with over 90% humidity)

Becky Goddard-Hill’s inspiring walk on 1 March

As well as sponsorship (Penny’s sponsorship page is here) Penny, Swazi and I would love it if you could join us on the dash. So please shout if you feel like being a Team Honk culture vulture for the day!

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42 Comments

  1. February 22, 2016 / 11:21 am

    What afun and innovative way to raise funds.Good luck you are doing an amazing job.

    • Nell
      Author
      February 23, 2016 / 10:29 am

      Thank you. I’m so excited about the challenge!

  2. February 22, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    I can’t wait to hear about your results and how many venues you got to! On 19th March I’ll be in Blackpool’s own water park on a pre-planned trip which I’ll be blogging about but I will think about you all dashing across London!! Best of luck!

    • Nell
      Author
      February 23, 2016 / 10:29 am

      Ooh, I’ll look out for your review too!

  3. February 22, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    What a fabulous Idea, I can’t wait to see your photos of the day, good luck with the fundraising. I’ve always supported Team Honk.

    • Nell
      Author
      February 23, 2016 / 10:30 am

      Thank you. I’m looking forward to taking lots of pics!

  4. February 22, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    What a brilliant idea – if I’d been in London this would have been right up my street! Have a fantastic day and I look forward to seeing how many you manage 🙂

    • Nell
      Author
      February 23, 2016 / 10:31 am

      Thank you – and I look forward to seeing you all on the beach too!

  5. February 22, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    This is such a cool challenge! I wish you lots and lots of luck, I wish I could join you but I’ve got something else on that day now 🙁

    • Nell
      Author
      February 23, 2016 / 10:32 am

      Ah that’s a shame! Thanks for your support though. 🙂

  6. February 22, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    I love the sound of this challenge. wishing you loads of luck xx

    • Nell
      Author
      February 23, 2016 / 10:32 am

      Thank you!

  7. February 22, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Good luck, Nell, sounds like a great way to raise money for charity! Wish I could live nearer to London so I can join in!xx

    • Nell
      Author
      February 23, 2016 / 10:32 am

      Yes – it would’ve been great to see you!

  8. February 23, 2016 / 9:22 am

    What a fun way to raise money – best of luck with the museum dash!

    • Nell
      Author
      February 23, 2016 / 10:32 am

      Thank you! It will definitely be fun…

  9. February 23, 2016 / 9:59 am

    This sounds awesome! I haven’t been to any museums on London yet! Hope you have a great time and raise loads of money x

    • Nell
      Author
      February 23, 2016 / 10:33 am

      Thanks – you really should see some museums here if you get the chance some time. They’re incredible.

  10. February 23, 2016 / 9:59 am

    Good luck Nell. I can’t wait to hear how many venues you manage to visit and see the photos x

    • Nell
      Author
      February 23, 2016 / 10:33 am

      Thank you Izzie!

  11. February 23, 2016 / 11:09 am

    What a fab and unique way to riase funds. Good luck

  12. February 23, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    I loved doing the Team Honk Relay but missed the danceathon – need to think of something local this year= Good Luck x

  13. February 23, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    I absolutely love this idea – sounds really fun, and a great way to raise money. I’m still not sure if I’ll be in London that day, but will be letting you know if I am around and can do a quick dash with you. #citytripping

    • Nell
      Author
      February 23, 2016 / 8:08 pm

      It would be great if you could join us Cathy! You could even dip your toe into the dash water if you can’t make the whole day. Or join us for drinks at the end!

  14. February 24, 2016 / 9:07 am

    This looks amazing and I can’t wait to see all your photos from the day x

  15. February 24, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    This sounds awesome, what a great idea! Love finding your blog via #citytripping – hope you can also link-up with Travel Tuesday! Just check out my latest post to join in! 🙂

    • Nell
      Author
      February 24, 2016 / 6:42 pm

      Thanks- I’ll pop over later tonight 🙂

  16. Ting MTM
    February 24, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    What a great idea Nell and team Honk – I can just imagine how exhausting it’s going to be, I can’t make it unfortunately, but I will most definitely sponsor such a great cause. Good luck guys x

    • Nell
      Author
      February 25, 2016 / 7:46 am

      Thank you so much for your sponsorship Ting! It’ll really help spur me on when I’m training on these chilly streets in the evenings. I’ll be sure to tweet and IG loads of pics so that you can be there in spirit. Many thanks again xx

  17. February 25, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    What a brilliant idea for fundraising, Nell! I’m a massive fan of London’s museums too, as you’ve probably guessed. I shall really look forward to reading all about it on your blog. #citytripping

  18. February 25, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    This is such a good idea, you’ll have an absolute ball! Just trying to work out what to do at the moment as POD has classes on a Saturday morning. Will keep you posted 🙂

    • Nell
      Author
      February 25, 2016 / 8:15 pm

      Charly it would be wonderful if you could join us! Even if you can’t make the dash, do come along for drinks at the end xxx

  19. February 26, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    What a fantastic idea Nell!! I’ll see if I can join you – although I may well slow you down a bit because of my bump! Will definitely sponsor if not… And make sure you post the day here on #citytripping when you are done xx

    • Nell
      Author
      February 28, 2016 / 1:37 pm

      Elizabeth we’d love it if you could be there! We’ll be starting at the Barbican and ending on the southbank. Bit in the middle’s a moveable feast at the moment (and may shift on the day, depending on how fast/slow we are), but I should have rough timings by the end of this week. xx

  20. March 1, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Wow, this first picture in your post looks so amazing, it truly fascinated me! Thanks for sharing with us! Visiting from #TravelTuesday.

    • Nell
      Author
      March 2, 2016 / 10:42 am

      It’s a pleasure, and glad you liked the post 🙂

  21. Ruth - Tanama Tales
    March 2, 2016 / 5:09 am

    Good for you and for the people you are helping out! Keep the good work!

    • Nell
      Author
      March 2, 2016 / 10:41 am

      Thank you!

  22. March 6, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    good luck, can’t wait to hear how many museums you end up visiting, what’s your goal?

    Thanks for linking up with #TravelTuesday

    • Nell
      Author
      March 7, 2016 / 9:47 am

      We do have a goal in mind, but I’m going to keep it close to my chest. We’ll be running a sweepstake on how many museums we manage to fit in!

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