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.
As one of the biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people both at home in the UK and across the world.
Today I met an incredible group of people…
This inspiring bunch have just cycled 25 miles to bring the Team Honk Relay Baton from Baston to Grantham. They are part of the Peterbrough Team and handed over the baton to Lucy who will be joining the Nottingham Team on Tuesday for a 30 mile cycle from Grantham to Nottingham.
But why, I hear you ask?
Well, it's all in aid of Sport Relief. Over 200 bloggers from across the length and breadth of the country are coming together to carry the Baton from Lands End all the way up to John O Groats. The Baton left Lands End on 12th January and has already travelled well over 1000 miles to get this far and has at least half that distance again to go before it reaches it's final destination!
Here come the Peterborough Team finishing their final leg of the relay. The Team have already walked 16 miles from Peterborough to Stamford and then cycled 6 miles on their Penny Farthings! And all of this has helped the team raise a staggering £1,123 (as of 23rd February) for Sport Relief. That's 224% of their target, how fantastic is that?
The entire Team Honk Relay Team from across the UK have raised an even more staggering £19,298 (as of 23rd February) which is 96% of their overall target of £20,000. Let's hope we can smash that target over the coming weeks before the Baton finally reaches John O Groat's on 23rd March!
The bloggers taking part (and their families) are such an inspiration. It isn't just those who are taking part in the physical parts of the relay, but also all those people who have worked so hard to organise the route and supported the teams on social media all along the way. This whole relay has reminded me just how powerful it is to come together and work for a good cause. I may not be able to take part because of my ongoing ill health, but I can cheer people on and sponsor them and ask others to sponsor and share the news.
So what are you waiting for… do you think these amazing people deserve some sponsorship for their efforts? Do you want to support Sport Relief? Well read on…
The money raised by Sport Relief goes towards helping people both here in the UK and abroad.
£15 can buy vaccines that protect three children from deadly diseases
£30 could pay a sports coach to hold a sports session for young people in a deprived area of the UK, helping them stay away from gangs
£50 could help a mother living in poverty in Bangladesh set up her own small business and provide for her family
Every donation helps make the overall amount larger – £1 here and £1 there add up so quickly and it could all make a massive difference to so many people the world over.
So why not sponsor your local Team Honk Relay Team? You can find your local team on the Team Honk Team's page.
And if you want to follow the Baton's route through the rest of the UK then you can follow it on twitter by using #TeamHonkRelay or following @team_honk. If you're not on twitter you can follow everything on Facebook by liking the Team Honk Page at https://www.facebook.com/teamhonk
For now, the Baton is having a short break with Lucy, before heading off with the Nottingham Team on Tuesday… I can't wait to cheer them off!