Team Honk hits London: Honkopoly



All artwork in this post was created by Oliver @ Mr McQuitty Ltd

If you happen to be traipsing through old London Taaaahn on Wednesday 5 February, keep an eye out for those well-known London landmarks.

The top hat. The Scottie dog. The iron. The vintage hat. And the old boot.

A gang of over 25 bloggers will be marching across the capital, as part of #Teamhonkrelay’s nation-wide bid to raise over £25,000 for Sport Relief. We’ll all be wearing silly outfits (yes, I and the Pigeon Pair – Austin (4) and Gwen (1) – will be joining in the afternoon leg). And the London route will take in the key sites of the Monopoly Board.

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Surely, paying homage to a board game that’s given thousands (if not millions) of families a fundamental understanding of the basics of capitalism, is a positive step towards raising the moolah that’s needed?

And instead of lots of itty-bitty sharp-cornered houses and hotels, this is what your money could buy if you donate to Sport Relief:

• £1 could provide a hot meal for a child in the UK living in extreme poverty.
• £5 could pay for a mosquito net to protect a mother and her baby in Africa from contracting malaria while they sleep.
• £10 could enable an older person in the UK who just lost someone they love to attend a group activity.
• £25 could run a sports session for disabled children in the UK, giving them the chance to play with other young people.
• £100 could feed 200 children living on the streets in India for one day.
• £300 could provide a water point in the slums of Tanzania, giving hundreds of families access to safe, clean water.
• £500 could provide six months of support for a young person in the UK with mental health issues.

Team Honk was dreamt up back in 2012 as a social media fundraiser for Comic Relief. Parent blogging geniuses (genii?) Annie, Tanya and Penny were invited to go to Ghana to help live blog and tweet the charity’s 25th birthday celebrations. Their achievement in bringing together the parent blogging community over this cause was phenomenal, and you can read more about it here.

Honkathon is part of this year’s Team Honk efforts: a relay, which started in Lands End on 12 January and will finish in John O’ Groats on 23 March. Over 200 bloggers, their friends and families are following a route that zig zags up the UK, taking in 38 regional teams.

London’s Monopoly-themed walk/scoot/ride (yes, we ARE using London public transport for a few bits – we’re not quite silly enough to do it ALL by foot!) is the brainchild of Vanessa (HPMCQ), Sophie (Franglaise Mummy) and Sarah (Grenglish). On the way from St Pancras to Waterloo, and then on to Fleet (where the baton will be passed over to Tanya), we’ll be handing out flyers cooked up by Print-Print, and zippy MicroScooters will be helping some of us keep up the pace.

The Pigeons and I are joining in, from Euston Station to Vine Street, taking in Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, and Whitechapel. We’ll be doing our best to keep up with this gang of London-based bloggers:

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And now comes the ask: pleeease sponsor us for our two hours on the road! Every tiny bit helps. It’s easy: you can either text HONK to 70005 and donate £5, or visit the London Team Honk’s giving page.


If our antics have inspired you to do something yourself, 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.


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  • TwinsplusTwo
    January 24, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Sounds a LOT of fun 🙂 Look forward to seeing the photos!

    • Nell
      January 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Yes, I think there might be a few funnies in there….

  • Foz
    January 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Hope it all goes well and you raise loads!

    • Nell
      January 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Thank you!

  • Gina Caro
    January 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    This sounds amazing! Cannot wait to see the pictures. I took part in the Somerset leg and it was great fun. Go team honk woop woop 🙂 #PoCoLo

    • Nell
      January 26, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Ah yes, yours sounded brilliant – well done you!

  • Hellie's Corner
    January 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Good luck, let’s hope no one ends up missing a turn in jail!!! 🙂

  • Mummy Barrow
    January 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    You big bundle of love

    Can not wait for this leg of the relay!!!

    • Nell
      January 26, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you – me neither!

  • suzanne3childrenandit
    January 24, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    What a brilliant idea – Honkopoly! I hope you all have fun, we are picking up the baton in Wokingham, the day after you 🙂

  • Sarah Bailey
    January 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Best of luck! It really does all sound so much fun – wish I could join in with you all 😉 x

  • Mammasaurus
    January 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Oh I am so looking forward to Honkopoly! *excited face* such an inspired idea!

    • Nell
      January 26, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      I’m super-excited! Got to credit the lovely types who started off all this Honk business, too 😉

  • mummy of two
    January 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    That sounds fab! Have fun and good luck!

  • Jo Bryan
    January 24, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    What a cool idea and I love the sound of the theme. I hope you not only pass Go, but raise lots of £200’s!! Yay!!

  • Globalmouse
    January 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    What a great idea! I’m a big monopoly fan too so this particularly appeals!! Good luck, I hope it goes really well!

  • Lori
    January 24, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Honkopoly! Genius and looks like loads of fun! I hope you all reach your target and more x

  • Fritha Strickland
    January 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    what a fab idea! I also blimmin love Monopoly! x

  • vaichin
    January 24, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Brilliant idea! Hope it raises lots of cash for the cause. All the best, Team Honk x

  • anna
    January 24, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    good luck with it and well done to all of you taking part!

  • clare
    January 24, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    good luck to all of you 🙂

  • Cass (@frugalfamily)
    January 25, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Such a brilliant cause and you get to have so much fun raising money x x

  • mellissa williams
    January 25, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks for highlighting this important cause! Honk Honk
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  • Emily @amummytoo
    January 25, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    This is so exciting! GO TEAM HONK!

  • Orli D
    January 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Sounds great 🙂 It is a wonderful cause, and I can’t wait to see the pictures 🙂

  • Kara
    January 26, 2014 at 10:21 am

    What a GENIUS idea – can’ wait to see the pics xxx

  • Verily Victoria Vocalises
    January 26, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I think this is one of the parts I am looking forward to seeing the most from the Team Honk relay! Fabulous 🙂 Thank you for linking to PoCoLo – I’ll be following you guys 🙂 x

  • Hatty Uwanogho
    January 27, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Very excited about our leg! Hope I get to meet you on the day! Here’s to raising tons of money!

  • Emily
    January 30, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Wonderfully written, I thoroughly look forward to meeting you and the pigeon pair for a spot of #Honkopoly fun.

  • Mari
    January 31, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Have a fabulous time, which i am sure you will, I’ve done my bit but really wish I could have taken part in this fun project, looks so cool

  • Jennifer Howze
    February 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Hurrah for Team Honk! Can’t wait for London Honkopoly tomorrow.

  • PinkOddy
    March 22, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    So inspiring this must have been such an amazing leg to do


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