Charity – Team Honk Relay…done!
So, the Team Honk Relay baton has been and gone – and what a great experience it has been! Along with Michelle Garrett (www.theamericanresident.com) and Mary Key (www.keynko.com), we rose to the challenge of taking the Sport Relief baton from Chelmsford, Essex, to Southwold, Suffolk, as it makes its way from Lands End to John O’Groats.
The event, when it finishes on Sport Relief weekend March 23, will have seen 200 bloggers complete a person to person relay over 3,000 miles in a zig zag across the UK. We were Team Chelmsford and Colchester and were tasked with delivering the baton 60 miles away on the east coast. The baton was delivered to us by Team Southend and spent the night with me at home in Ford End, Chelmsford, where my stepdaughters Ellie and Ava were excited to see the baton which will no doubt be on the television in a few weeks’ time!
With Michelle blogging about the life of an American living in England, we thought it apt to have a US-style road trip, making stop-offs along the way for quick holiday-type snapshots.
Our first stop was at St Mary’s Church, in Broomfield, Chelmsford, Essex, where we held a brief coffee morning to set us up for the trip. My friend Marion Cottis, of Poppies Designer Flowers (www.poppiesdesignerflowers.co.uk) popped in to donate a beautiful red and white rose bouquet to help me to dress the “wedding” part for the day. The last time I saw her was as she delivered my wedding day bouquet moments before I became Mrs Robertson. She was disappointed I was not in full wedding dress on this occasion… But, thanks to Adore Brides of Chelmsford (www.adorebrides.co.uk), I was sporting the most stunning head piece.
Next stop was at my own wedding venue, Leez Priory, in Chelmsford, (www.countryhouseweddings.co.uk/leez-priory) where the girls jumped in a quick snapshot and made a generous donation to Sport Relief in support of Team Chelmsford. Again, I had not been here since my wedding day on June 1 and it was lovely to get a big hug from our wedding co-ordinator, Sue!
Mary took a moment to be interviewed again on BBC Essex radio before we headed Southwold-bound.
After a good drive in the sunshine along the A12 and A14, we made it to Southwold in time for a lunch of fish and chips on the wonderful pier. The baton was safely handed over to Team Yarmouth (the big blogging family at www.bigfamilylittleadventures.co.uk) as it makes its merry way north.
There’s still time to help Team Chelmsford reach our fundraising goal of £500 – as I write, we’re at £455!! Simply follow this link to donate… http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/chelmsfordteamhonk
Or text HONK to 70005 to donate £5 to Sport Relief.
Follow the baton’s journey on Twitter, using the hashtag #teamhonkrelay
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.
The first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from Friday March 21 to Sunday March 23. The public can join the fun and games by running, swimming or cycling their way to raising cash at more than 1,000 venues around the country, including the landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.