Hello!

My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 7 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Fisher Price ... More than just a household name!


BABIES LEARN BEST WHEN THEY ARE HAVING FUN 


"With knowledge of how play benefits your child—plus a few of the right toys at different stages—you can help make sure your child develops into a well-rounded individual.”
Kathleen Alfano, Ph.D.
Fisher-Price Child Research


3 in 4 mums believe their child smiles and laughs more when engaging with toys compared to smart devices 


Only 1% of mums think it is important that a toy is high tech 

94% of mums believe babies & toddlers learn best when they are having fun 

Half of mums say the most important factor when choosing toys is that they are fun 

Research released recently, around the time of the opening of The Baby Show a few weeks ago, reveals that 94% of mums believe that babies and toddlers learn best when they are having fun. 

The Childwise research of 1,515 UK mums*, commissioned by leading infant 
and preschool toy brand Fisher-Price, shows that despite the rise in smart 
technology, 2 in 3 mums still believe that playing with toys that encourage fun learning and laughter are best for their baby‟s development. 

A third of mums rank books highest for aiding development while only 2% favour TV or DVD‟s, and only 1% tablets and touchscreens. 

Over three quarters of mums said that their baby is more engaged and plays 
with a toy for longer if it makes them laugh, with an equal number revealing 
that their child smiles and laughs more when playing with toys compared to 
smart devices. 

And when it comes to choosing toys for their little ones, 82% of mums put fun and learning top of the list with just 3% choosing high tech as one of their top three. 

Silly sounds in toys make babies and toddlers laugh the most according to 
the research, with movement and music coming in a close second and third. 


TOP 5 TOY FEATURES THAT MAKE BABIES LAUGH 

1. SILLY SOUNDS 

2. MOVEMENT 

3. MUSIC 

4. TALKING 

5. FUNNY FACES 


Kathleen Alfarno, Ph.D. Director of Child Research at Fisher-Price, comments: 

“Laughter is a powerful, readily available way to boost mood and psychological well-being. Just think about how great you feel as an adult when you participate in something you really enjoy. That's what play is all about for babies and toddlers. It‟s about having fun. When babies play, they have fun; when babies have fun, they laugh. That's what makes play worthwhile. In fact, they are having so much fun they don't even realise they are learning.” 

The research reveals that babies and toddlers spend an average of 3 hours and 25 minutes playing with toys every day, with toys most popular with 
younger babies and boys, while books appeal to older toddlers and girls. 

James Davies, Managing Director of Childwise concludes: 

“There is a lot of pressure nowadays on parents to ensure their baby is at the right stage of development, but as long as there is enough time in your baby's day for play, then you will be giving them the opportunity to develop who they are and learn about the world around them at their own natural pace.” 

TOP 10 FACTORS FOR MUMS WHEN CHOOSING TOYS 


1. FUN

2. LEARNING 

3 DEVELOPMENTAL 

4. MUSICAL 

5. CHARACTER 

6. TRADITIONAL 

7. EASY STORAGE 

8. EASE OF ASSEMBLY 

9. PORTABILITY 

10. HIGH-TECH

*CHILDWISE Research of 1,515 UK mums with children aged 6 months to two 
and half years conducted in September 2013. 
CHILDWISE 
Established in 1991, CHILDWISE are leading research specialists on children, 
young people and their families.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Foreign holidays as a family ... Eeekkk!

Perfect plan or asking for trouble ...?!


Oh, how life changes ...!

The Man and I have been together for over 8 years now. For the first 4 years of our relationship, we lived with only each other to think or worry about, and with very few commitments, we were free to do pretty much whatever we wanted. Sadly, there are one or two things I do wish we had done in that 4 years that we put off for too long and therefore never ended up doing.

One of those things was enjoying a foreign holiday together!

It was something that we talked about on a number of occasions, but we allowed insignificant obstacles to get in the way and never ever booked those tickets! There are so many places I'd love to go, so many countries I'd love to see, but I am actually a very inexperienced traveller! Don't get me wrong, I have been lucky enough to visit a few very beautiful places outside of the UK, but compared to many, I have seen very little.


Now, all these years later, there is nothing stopping us from planning a holiday. Not even a foreign break. However, we would have completely different priorities now compared to those we had back in 2005! Instead of breathtaking views, we'll be thinking about baby-friendly resorts, and instead of space for a mini-bar, we look at space for a cot. Yes, any hope of a holiday for us now will be a family holiday, and we will have to consider so many different factors!


There are a number of destinations on our 'to-do' list, a list which seems to have been built around the one dream holiday which we plan to take in a few years time - A Disney World, Florida holiday. Wherever we go, we will primarily be looking at low cost family holidays, and deals that will benefit us as a family of 2 adults and (soon to be) 3 children! Things we will need to keep in mind, apart from overall cost, are: 

Family friendly Resorts
Spacious accommodation with appropriate facilities
Age appropriate entertainment
Security
Distance of chosen resort from attractions/amenities

This is to name just a few! 


It is common knowledge that one of the best ways to get a cracking deal on your foreign break is to go for a last minute deal, of which there are always some great offers available. Whilst this may not always be convenient when you have a family, it can be a perfect option to go for if you know exactly when you wish to travel, for how long for and the budget you would like to stick to. If you are not too fussy about destination, then this would definitely be a great avenue to explore. Although, using a holiday price comparison site would search so many different agents and providers, there is sure to be something to suit everybody!


Whether you are looking for a sunny break , or one on the ski slopes ... City breaks or relaxing cruises, taking advantage of the free service offered by the likes of Icelolly.com promises to take the stress out of the searching, finding and booking process for you. And I don't know about you, but if I am booking a holiday, I like the the planning to be as smooth as the holiday itself. After all, stress is for the nursery runs ... right?!

Saturday, 24 August 2013

LolliBopping fun! Our day at the Big Bash for Little People!


Last weekend, mummy and I went to London. I had been excited about this day since 17th August 2012, as that was the last time we visited the LolliBop Festival - the Big Bash for Little People! Around came Sunday, 18th August, 2013, and we were off there again! This year, the festival was calling a new venue 'home' for the weekend. Previous years, London's Regents Park has been the location for the event. However, for 2013, the festival came to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London.


As many of you know, mummy and I have been lucky enough to visit the LolliBop Festival every year so far. The event first opened its gates to visitors on Friday, 5th August, 2011, and played host to some of the most popular children's acts for the whole weekend. It returned again in August 2012, and we were on our way for the third time for what promised to be the biggest and best yet!


I can't tell you who I was most excited to see this year. The line-up was pretty amazing! Some acts were returning for their second or third LolliBop appearance, whilst others were making their debut! I had a whole list of people and characters that I was really looking forward to seeing ...!


And there really was so much to see! The loveable WotWots were wandering around, creating queues of excited children, all wanting a photograph taken with the TV stars, as were Postman Pat & Jess, and in their own little enclosure, we were treated to the Cloudbabies - Baba Pink and Baba Blue!

I think the highlight of my day happened on the main stage at lunchtime. We made our way over to the stage area a while before the action was scheduled to begin, and we weren't the only ones either! Hundreds of excited families were already gathering to take their places for Justin Fletcher's big appearance  and I couldn't wait! We were treated to a special dose of fun offered by the CBeebies team, consisting of Andy Day, Sid Sloane and Alex Winters. They were their usual funny selves, and it was great fun watching Sid falling victim to the 'Gunge Tank' which resulted in him being covered from head to toe in bright green slime! 



After our fun with Justin, singing and dancing to all the familiar music, we continued to explore the park. 

With Itsy Bitsy Strictly within the Lolli Arena ...


... Sid & Andy's Big Birthday Bash, and Shaun the Sheep's Championsheeps taking place in the LolliPalladium ...


... And wonderful face painting ...


... I'll even go so far to say, there was simply too much to see in one day!!

I even managed to squeeze in a quiet little chat with Hello Kitty!!


All in all, mummy and I had a truly wonderful day ... again! I keep asking mummy how many sleeps it is until the next LolliBop Festival. Eventually, I'll hear those exciting words; "2 more sleeps, Munch"!!


The day was really well organised, and even as we were leaving the venue at the same time as so many other families, everything moved smoothly and we experienced no hold-ups at all! 

The journey home from LolliBop is always a sleepy one ...


Not to mention a grubby one!!!


If you've never experienced the delights of LolliBop for yourself, then we would HIGHLY recommend (and urge!) you to keep a close eye on their FACEBOOK PAGE, their TWITTER FEED and their WEBSITE for news, offers and availability for next year's tickets!

We'll be there ... Will you?

Friday, 16 August 2013

LolliBop welcomes The WotWots!! *Giveaway!*


Have you seen the WotWots?

Munchkin has loved the popular Milkshake (Channel 5) show for a long time now. No morning was complete without her daily dose of the WotWots!

Series 1 of The WotWots has been a solid performer for Milkshake! with 2 million viewers tuning in during 2012* throughout their first series. And now, to add to her excitement, she discovers that the wonderful SpottyWot and DottyWot are due to appear at this year's LolliBop Festival, the Big Bash for Little People! 


The WotWots will zoom into this year’s Lollibop Festival to meet and greet all their special little fans. 


The WotWots have come from outer space in their steam-powered spaceship to explore and marvel at the extraordinary diverse life on Earth. In season one of the television series, SpottyWot and DottyWot arrive in the middle of a zoo and in the second season, they land on a farm and meet strange and friendly farm animals as well as travel to the seashore.

The second series of this fantastic, fun filled kids' show is ready to air on Channel 5's Milkshake, and will hit our TV screens on Monday, 19th August - right after SpottyWot and DottyWot's big appearance at this month's LolliBop Festival. Munchkin is really looking forward to seeing the colourful characters at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park next weekend, even more so now that she and Beastie have been sent their own set of plush characters to celebrate the brand new series!


Naturally, Munchkin immediately claimed DottyWot. Well, she is pink! And besides, she has had her much loved talking SpottyWot sitting at the end of her bed for many, many months now. So SpottyWot has completed her pair nicely! Beastie is very happy to have her own SpottyWot now! They are so soft, and incredibly colourful, and each come in their own brown paper bag, tied up with either a pink or a blue ribbon. Munchkin really was thrilled and couldn't get her bag open quickly enough!!


DottyWot now has a permanent place at the end of Munchkin's bed!

She was very keen to present Beastie Boo with her very own SpottyWot too!


Jessica Symons, Head of Children's at Channel 5 comments: 

“I’m delighted to welcome back The WotWots to Channel 5. The series is very popular with the Milkshake! audience and I’m sure they can’t wait to see what adventures are next in store for SpottyWot and DottyWot.”


Andrew Smith, Chief Executive at Pukeko Pictures comments: 

“The WotWots has had a strong ratings history on Milkshake! and we look forward to seeing the same performance when Series 2 lands on Channel 5”

The WotWots is an enchanting pre-school series that follows the adventures of two adorable siblings from outer space, SpottyWot and DottyWot. This delightful pair of enquiring minds have come to Earth to explore and to marvel at the extraordinary diversity of life on the blue planet. In Series 2, the alien siblings land on a farm and meet strange and friendly farm animals and also travel to the seashore. Encouraging the love of all sorts of wonderful creatures, the season celebrates the joy of discovery and the extraordinary diversity of life on the planet.

Will you be saying hello to The WotWots at the LolliBop Festival? We certainly will!



To celebrate series 2 of The WotWots starting really soon, we have been given a cuddly DottyWot and a cuddly SpottyWot to give away in our free to enter competition. There will be 2 winners, one will choose a SpottyWot and the other a DottyWot. To take part, just complete the Rafflecopter steps below. Terms and conditions below.

Good luck!!



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We were sent a set of plush toys to celebrate the launch of the new series. No other payment has been accepted for writing this post or running the competition. All thoughts are our own!

Monday, 29 July 2013

Barnardo's joins the Lollibopping fun!

Lollibop partners with Barnardo's for 2013!


LolliBop, The Big Bash for Little People, has partnered with the UK’s leading children’s charity Barnardo’s for 2013. 

Taking place from 16 to 18 August at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, the three-day event boasts a line-up of some of the biggest and best names in kids’ entertainment, as well as hundreds of activities, workshops and interactive demos. With the likes of CBeebies superstar Justin Fletcher (Saturday and Sunday), Postman Pat, Skylanders, Dick and Dom, Hello Kitty and Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew (Friday only), it’s the ultimate festival for under-tens. 

Barnardo’s will be the official charity partner of the festival and will be hosting a special Big Toddle – a sponsored walk for little ones - around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park site on all three days. 

The charity will also run an area throughout the event, offering arts and crafts, the opportunity to make children’s costume accessories for the Big Toddle, photo opportunities with the official Big Toddle mascot, Todd, and much more.  Big Toddle volunteers will also be collecting funds and educating visitors about its vital work with vulnerable children in the UK. 

Event Manager, Jenny Kane said: 

LolliBop is set to be bigger and better than ever this year and we are delighted to have Barnardo’s on board as our charity. The festival is all about kids, ultimately, and it seems a great fit to be supporting an organisation that helps so many children around the UK. 
We’re sure our little visitors will love getting involved with the Barnardo’s Big Toddle at Lollibop and meeting the mascot, Todd, whilst our bigger ones will be interested to learn more about the work of this important charity.” 

Charlotte Cooper, Toddle Manager from Barnardo’s said: 

We are extremely excited and proud to be partnering with LolliBop. As the UK’s largest children’s festival, it’s a fantastic opportunity for us and we are really looking forward to meeting lots of parents and children throughout the event.
We regularly run Big Toddle events all over the UK – but the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has to be one of the most exciting places we’ve ever done it. We hope as many children – and parents – as possible get involved in this event and make it the most successful Big Toddle yet!

To find out more and book tickets, visit: http://www.lollibopfestival.co.uk


To register for the Barnardo’s Big Toddle visit www.bigtoddle.co.uk/register.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Shocked ... Scared ... Excited ... Scared ...

Mummy's mixed emotions!


A couple of weeks ago, Munchkin made a special announcement on the blog. So the Munchkin Patch is expanding ... again ... as am I!!

Right now, none of it seems real!

I am almost 18 weeks now, and we are eagerly awaiting our 20 week scan which is scheduled for next month.

Munchkin is very excited. She has affectionately named her unborn sibling 'Baby Plum', after clinging onto the information we offered her one day that baby was around the size of a plum. This name has stuck!

Munch has also insisted that Baby Plum is a boy. This really surprised us, as we assumed that she would have her heart set on another girl. Apparently, she has no need for another sister. Beastie Boo is sufficient!

Whichever colour our growing bump is revealed to be next month, we are confident that (s)he will be showered with love by Munchkin, just as Beastie has been.

My emotions are all over the place!

At the 'positive test' stage ... 

I was shocked at the fact that our prevention methods had clearly failed us, meaning this was all happening considerably sooner than we had ever anticipated ... 

... I was extremely nervous about how The Man would react to my bombshell ...

... I was excited at the thought of being pregnant again ...

... I was terrified at the thought of being pregnant again ...

... I was anxious about what others would say. The judgements that would obviously be made. The negative attitudes that were inevitable ...

... I felt nauseous at the idea of my body not being physically ready to carry another little life so soon after Beastie's ordeal ...

... I was delighted at the thought of being a mummy to 3 - a beautiful addition to the lives of our gorgeous girls ...

And these are just the daily emotions that I encounter. There are so many different feelings swimming around in my head right now.

Above all else, I feel joy. I am excited and feel extremely lucky to be feeling every one of these emotions. Each one makes me stronger and more determined to do everything I can to provide the safest and happiest lives for our children. After undergoing surgery that carried a high risk of leaving me unable to have any more babies, I feel totally blessed to have this little life growing inside me.

They say everything happens for a reason ...

Our ultimate reason is happiness!



Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Defending yourself from Burglars!


Picture this: you come home from an enjoyable evening out with your friends and instead of being greeted with a locked and secure house, your front door is broken into and your damaged possessions are strewn across the hallway. Sadly this is not an uncommon phenomenon – but luckily there are steps we can take to protect ourselves in the event of a burglary.
Burglary – the facts

A report by the Telegraph found that since the recession, burglaries have been on the up – increasing from 651,000 in 2009/10 to 701,000 in 2011/12.
Fortunately there’s a number of things we can do in order to protect our homes, as offered up by Operation Bumblebee - an initiative developed back in 1993 by the Metropolitan Police targeting burglars in London:

Never leave car keys or ID documentation by windows, doors or letterboxes that can easily be accessed by burglars

Ensure you check the identity of everyone who calls at your home, but if you feel nervous ignore whoever is at your door

Put your valuables somewhere safe that is out of sight

Equip your home with a clearly visible burglar alarm

Should you leave the house unattended for an extended period of time ensure you cancel any deliveries

If you’re popping out for only a short while, always lock your windows and doors

It only takes a few minutes to follow these simple guidelines and they all make it harder for the burglar to break in.


What burglars look for

With England ranking as the most burgled country in Europe, it appears that burglars are coming up with more inventive ways to ransack properties – as a study conducted by criminologist Professor Martin Gill illustrates:

Burglars admit that alarms are often ignored or left inactivated

Thieves state that most windows and doors are unsecured, providing easy access 

Burglars report that sheer determination will drive them to break into a home, no matter the obstacles

Proof of occupancy such as lights/television left on will deter thieves

Empty packaging for items left outside the property such as plasma TV boxes suggests items of huge value are worth stealing.

Some even go so far as to remove doors and dismantle alarms using a screwdriver. And some take it to another level by fooling the homeowner into allowing them entrance into their property by pretending to be somebody they’re not (like a gas man); and once inside the home, would attempt to distract the owner in order to steal any items of worth. 


Protect yourself from burglars

When it comes to break-ins, there’s a number of tips you can follow to prevent a potential burglary. As most burglars will be put off by using just the simplest techniques, you can easily take care of yourself – and your valuables – by getting a customised home insurance policy. Brokers can customise your policy based on you and so you’re never paying over the odds.

It only costs a small amount to cover something that can cause a large amount of damage.

DNA home insurance comes recommended as a customisable option and is worth checking out sooner rather than later.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

As four become more ...


I'll keep this short, 
I'll keep this sweet.
I have some news, 
So take a seat.

Our family,
Made up of four.
(Five with the dog),
Will soon be more.

A big surprise,
A little shock.
That gave this boat,
A little rock!


Munchkin (that's me),
And Beastie Boo.
We are mummy's
Special two ...

We are daddy's
Little girls.
Filling his days
With frills and curls!

But some things come,
To shake things up.
To cause more confusion
For the pup!

My bit of news
Is good, you'll see.
Me and Beastie
Will soon be THREE!


Another baby
For daddy and mummy
Is growing inside
The bump on mum's tummy!

December won't
Take long to come.
That's when we'll meet
Our Baby Plum!

Monday, 8 July 2013

Lollibopping with River Island!


River Island is pleased to announce that they are one of the main sponsors for this year's Lollibop Festival, taking place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 16th-18th August, 2013. The three day event is the UK's only festival where all the entertainment is for children.

River Island is hosting the 'Design Den' where festival goers have the chance to design their own t-shirt and enter the competition to win a River Island gift card worth £100.

How does it work? The 'Design Den' will host craft stations for various age groups and the little ones have thirty minutes to create their masterpiece! Once all the designs have been submitted, the judges will choose the winning t-shirt. One of the lucky winners will have their t-shirt made into the real deal and sold exclusively for River Island Kidswear*.

The youngsters need to make sure they have their best smiles ready and are raring to go as the Design Den will house an exciting photobooth area where those cheeky grins and designs will be snapped for the River Island Wall of Fame.

There will also be a small pop-up shop selling a selection of kids wear and accessories where shoppers can enjoy an exclusive 15% discount on the day with their ticket.

The River Island kidswear range, for ages 3-12 years is available at www.riverisland.com and in over 90 stores in both the UK and internationally.

*The winning t-shirt will be sold online only

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Dear Rosie Posie Beastie Boo ...


Here's a verse that mummy wrote,
Especially for you.
A few short words for a little girl,
Who I've named Beastie Boo!

Walking, talking, running around,
You can't quite join me yet.
But today we smile as it's now 12 months,
Since the day that we first met!


My baby sister - Beastie Boo,
That name has kind'a stuck.
To have a sis' as sweet as you,
Just has to be pure luck!

The first few weeks of your new life,
Were full of changes and firsts.
Then bit by bit and day by day,
You grew in little bursts.


We laugh, we cry, we make a mess,
Drive mummy around the bend.
But in you I know I've surely found,
A true forever friend.

So here we are, your special day,
The day that you turn one.
A time to think all about,
Our future packed with fun.


I'll help you learn, be by your side,
In everything you do.
Happy birthday little one,
My sister Beastie Boo!

xxxxxxxx

Friday, 28 June 2013

Making a house a home!

Making a palace for our Princesses!


Some time in the not too distant future, we will be looking to move home ... again. The home we are currently in was only intended as a temporary stop, and we have now reached the point where we are feeling the lack of space. With a nearly 4 year old Munchkin and a year old Beastie Boo both tearing about the place, leaving a trail of toys in their wake, I have tripped over one too many building blocks and stepped on far too many dolls house pieces! The walls seem to be closing in on us a little more every day as the number of toys increases at a crazy rate. We need more space!

When we do move, I would like this time to have the opportunity to decorate for the girls. Up until now, we have decorated the walls with carefully placed pictures and wall canvases, the floors with pretty rugs and have done what we can to make a special place for them. 


As I mentioned, Munchkin will be celebrating her 4th birthday in less than 3 months, and has developed a real little girl's personality now. She knows what she likes and could tell you exactly how she would want her bedroom to look.

In one, single word, she could tell you exactly how her room would look ...

Pink!

Munchkin is, unmistakably, a girly girl. She loves everything to be pink, and has, what she thinks is a sharp eye for things that do and do not match! A little interior designer in the making here ... That would be interesting! She loves pink that much, she has already decided that Beastie couldn't possibly grow up liking pink too. Beastie must love red ... or maybe purple ... just as long as it's not pink! 

There are all sorts of adventurous things I have thought about doing with Munchkin's walls, from funky feature walls to hand painted murals. However, none have been possible so far due to our living space. 


Whatever we decided to do, I will have to look up some hints and tips first! With the websites, books, magazines and eBooks that are available these days, all bursting with ideas and advice on how to get the job just right, our only real dilemma should be in the decisions! I know that I would like for us to do the job ourselves. Ok, so DIY has never been a very strong point of mine, but it shouldn't be too hard, right ...? I did find an eBook full of ideas and how-to guides on DIY decorating, and feel it may be getting quite a lot of use when the time comes ... very soon!

I have just asked Munchkin how she would like her room to be decorated when we move home, and yes, she came back with the one-word answer; "Pink". However, when I prompted a little more information from her, we were really going places with the imagination!!

So ... I need to paint ponies ...


'Pink up' the walls ...


Cover the floors with anything pink and fluffy ...


... And the list goes on!!!

Now, where is that eBook ...?!


Friday, 21 June 2013

Walk the Walk for breast cancer!



Patron HRH The Prince of Wales


Roll up, Roll up – this is more than just another Walk in the Park!

Welcome to the fun and crazy world of The SunWalk London, organised by grant-making breast cancer charity, Walk the Walk. But this is not just another walk in the park! 

On Sunday 30th June 2013, London’s Battersea Park will host a unique and wonderful cocktail of 3 amazing walking challenges, live stage music, circus sideshows, stalls, dancing, delicious food, stilt walkers, clowns and escapades and experiences for all. 


There’ll be plenty of entertainment for the children, including popular Children’s TV Stars Andy and Sid, who will be holding their own unique show! Stars from Strictly Come Dancing will also be hosting three exclusive “Dance the Dance” workshops, with the chance to get up close and personal and meet the dancers afterwards. Join Anton and Erin, Darren and Lillia, and Matt and Nicole for an unforgettable experience! Tickets for Andy and Sid’s shows, and for Dance the Dance are available at www.walkthewalk.org or on 01483 741430. 

For the whole family, there’ll also be free live music in the park from X-factor star Misha B, chart-topping band Sam and the Womp, singer/songwriter Sam Gray and the Urban Voices Collective, the singing group famous for performing at the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. 

There is free entry into SunWalk City all day. But if you really want to do something to make your day extra special, sign up now for one of the three Power Walking challenges - a 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon. You are not only going to have a day of experiences and visual delight, but you’ll be getting fitter, reaching your own goal, and raising money and awareness for breast cancer. 


The whole family can take part, with a Power Walking challenge for every ability and as always all Walkers over the age of 13 will wear the Walk the Walk trademark of brightly decorated bras – with this year’s Circus theme, there promises to be some wild and wonderful creations! Walk the Walk has raised in excess of £86 million for vital breast cancer causes, since it launched 17 years ago, with money granted for research into breast cancer and to help improve the lives of those with cancer now. 

Nina Barough CBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Walk The Walk said:


"The SunWalk is going to be the most exciting day, not only do we have our 3 fantastic challenges, all day music from live bands including Sam and the Womp and Misha B...my personal favourite is the exclusive opportunity to learn to Dance the Dance with some of the country’s favourite dance stars from Strictly - imagine learning to Jive, Tango or Salsa with these stars of the dance floor. Meanwhile our younger visitors can meet the much loved Children’s TV stars Andy and Sid for their BIG party, while the rest of us can get into learning circus skills, enjoying all the attractions or just sitting back with great food and enjoying the atmosphere. It is just a fun magical day ...and best of all it is going to achieve so much for all those with cancer. You will just have to come and find out for yourself!”


Gaby Roslin, Radio presenter on BBC London 94.9 said:
"The SunWalk is such a family affair and the fact that we can all do the walk, together, as a family and raise money for such an incredible charity, means we wouldn't miss it for the world. As a patron of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, to whom Walk the Walk has granted over £18 million, I feel overwhelmed on the day, seeing all those women and children who are there to raise money too, because someone they know had or has cancer. Nina is an inspiration, what an amazing woman. I feel blessed to know her and to be a part of this".

Full details can be found at http://www.walkthewalk.org/Home. This looks like it is set to be a fun filled family day out in London! Last year (2012), SunWalk London raised more than £250,000 towards beating breast cancer. Visit the website to see how you can do your bit, no matter how big or small, to fight the fight against breast cancer!