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Help Keep Families Close

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 20-10-2016

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What child doesn’t love McDonalds? I know my two are very enthusiastic when we say we’re going there. You can’t beat a Happy Meal if you’re 6 or 2. But what they don’t realise about McDonalds, and what some of you might not realise either, is the awesome charity work they do as well as feeding us.

McDonalds currently has 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK – houses which provide free accommodation to parents and families when children are in hospital. “Ronald McDonald Houses give families the chance to remain close to their child whilst they are in hospital. Their location, as close as possible to one of fourteen specialist children’s hospitals across the UK, means that families can be by their child’s bedside in a matter of moments, whilst maintaining a degree of normal life and reducing emotional and financial strain. To ensure a sense of closeness, where possible, a direct telephone line connects families’ rooms in the Ronald McDonald House to their child’s ward.”

Needless to say fundraising is vital to the work McDonalds do, so this Saturday October 22nd they are having a charity day at branches up and down the country. McDonalds will be turning Jungle Themed and selling special cuddly toys for £2.50 each, with every single penny going straight to the charity. These toys will be purchasable from the counters, kiosks and drive thrus of most branches across the country, and there will also be collection boxes available. Last year they raised a fabulous £3.9 million so hopes are high for beating that this year.


Campaign ambassador Jeff Brazier has created this video about the appeal, so please do take a look.

Four new houses are desperately needed, and McDonalds hopes to get them opened in the next few years. Days like Saturday are only going to help, but there are other ways to get involved if you head over to the RMHC website. Here you’ll find out more details about the fourteen existing houses, as well as stories from families who have used them.

Please please head down to your local McDonalds this Saturday. Every penny really does count, and the effects will be life changing for families.

This post was sponsored.

The Story Of Toys…

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Information | Posted on 21-11-2012

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Show Your Spots!!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 16-11-2012

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Tomorrow is Children In Need and its a charity I am always pleased to support, especially now I have a child myself. The motto this year is “Show Your Spots, Lets Raise Lots!” and with the help of some lovely items from Asda you can do just that. With clothes for all the family, baking accessories, and food items throughout the store all donating to Children In Need its a great time to get down to Asda and “Show Your Spots!”.

With a huge range of items available in store which donate to Children In Need from eggs and potatoes to tshirts and aprons helping the cause has never been easier. Prices start from just a couple of pounds, and every penny really does help. Even if you’re not in Asda today do dig deep and donate what you can. Show YOUR Spots, and Lets Raise LOTS!!

Race For Life

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 27-07-2012

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Recently I took part in Worthing Race For Life with my Mum. Its a brilliant event and supports a charity that is very important to us as a family. In 2010 my Mum beat two forms of cancer, so the work done by Cancer Research UK is invaluable. Our race this year was done to support two friends who have recently been diagnosed and are fighting this disease right now.

Now we didn’t run, but I like to think we maintained a good walking pace and thanks to the slightly overcast weather we finished in our best time out of the three times we’ve taken part in the race. ¬†Another reason I think we did it in our personal best time was thanks to the comfortable footwear I was wearing. I’d been contacted a couple of months before the race by Sports Shoes about another project where they were trying to encourage women to get more active. Any Mum will know that inactivity is never an option with children around, but getting out and doing some exercise without their “help” is great for fitness, stress relief, and for getting some me-time. Running is a good cheap option – you just need to head out your front door.

Sports Shoes were generous enough to send me a pair of running shoes to do Race For Life in. I went for these from Asics:

The shoes are Gortex so I knew if the usual inclement British weather kicked in and we were racing in a downpour my feet would stay dry. The first time I put these shoes on was the morning of the race – I won’t lie and tell you I was in training! – and they were SO comfortable and by the end of our 5K walk my feet were still comfortable and there wasn’t a blister in sight!

You can take a look at the great range of shoes available at Sports Shoe here.

Whilst my Race For Life is over for this year – I’ll be back in Worthing next summer – you can still donate to support Cancer Research UK here.

Elastoplast ‘Adventures 4 Kids’ Launch Event

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 21-07-2011

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A rather posh London hotel was the venue for Elastoplast’s ‘Adventures 4 Kids’ campaign launch today, which is being fronted by naturalist Nick Baker of, amongst other things, CBBC fame. Nick is hugely enthusiastic about adventures and out door play having spent his early years “learning in the woods.” He now takes great pride, and amusement, in the fact that he gets to be a “professional 10 year old.”

In a world where televisions, computers and games consoles provide constant distraction for children from a steadily younger age traditional adventures are becoming a thing of the past. Parental concerns about the safety of their children, their own increasingly hectic schedules and the current economic downturn means that a startling 85% of children crave more “adventure” in their lives, according to a recent survey by Elastoplast. Camping in your own back garden, scavenger hunts and rambling through the woods is just not done anymore, but Nick Baker is out to change this.

Children getting cuts and scrapes is all part of this campaign – as is patching them up with Elastoplast products – but Nick sees this as a key part of childhood. When talking about his own little girl – and believe me the scrapes she gets into rival her fathers – he is hugely passionate about encouraging her to get out there into and experience an adventure. She is often adorned with cuts and scrapes but he believes that once she’s done it once she learns not to do it again. An incident with a stair gate now means she respects the stairs and won’t be falling down them a second time. Bumps and bruises are an integral part of childhood. “Our bodies are our tools for adventure” according to Nick, and for him every scar tells a story.

And that’s where Elastoplast comes in. They want your children to tell their own “Elastoplast Stories” and recreate their own adventures and cuts and scrapes online. Using a multitude of plaster shapes they can build their own story-boards and make their own version of the new Elastoplast advert. The top five stories will win a family adventure to Greece, and for the first 1000 stories submitted to the website, Elastoplast will donate £5 to children’s charity ‘Over The Wall’. This charity provides life changing experiences and adventures for children with serious illnesses who often spend all their time in hospitals and never get the chance for their own adventures.

Now whilst my little man is a bit young to fully appreciate the world of adventures and cuts and scrapes – despite repeatedly banging his head on the floor – meeting with and listening to Nick talk so enthusiastically has certainly given me food for thought. We are already members of the National Trust – which Nick is a Ranger for – and visit Petworth House when we can. This is something I want to ensure we continue into the future. I want to get my little boy interested in the world around him, whether it be trips to places like Petworth House or Pulborough Brooks, or just rampaging around in his own back garden (when we get a house with one!). I don’t want my little boy glued to the TV set or the latest games console. I want him out there in the fresh air, climbing trees and creating his own adventure. And for him to know that Mummy will always be waiting for him back at home with a box of plasters and a cuddle.

Head over to the Elastoplast website for more information including downloadable Adventure Packs and details on the Elastoplast Story-Teller competition: http://www.elastoplast.co.uk

Nick Baker can be found on Twitter at, rather appropriately @bugboybaker