A few weeks ago I told you about the plan to follow the Monopoly route around London to raise money for Sport Relief – otherwise known as Honkopoly due to Team Honk, the fundraising group behind the challenge. If you missed the background you can still catch up by looking here.
What I neglected to do since the event was to tell you how the day went… and to tell you that there is still plenty of time to donate money to this excellent cause.
Well, it was knackering, and I only did half the route – so (top) hats off to the plucky few who did the whole day.
I had originally planned to fit two hours of Honkopoly in to my day between my morning of work and picking up the children. As it happened, childcare was otherwise sorted, and once I had joined the gang on their quest I found it impossible to leave them. This meant that I joined the trail for a honking great 5 hours, walking and bussing through half of the Monopoly spots until waving goodbye to the baton at Waterloo station.
First stop: meeting at Euston (photo courtesy of Babes About Town).
Please do check out the outfit – inspired by the Mr Monopoly of the game and with my lovingly laminated Honkopoly sign around my neck, which was removed so gladly come 7pm after many hours of it whipping me in the face.
In fact when I joined the group I had just missed one of the high spots of the day, which was when the inspiration behind my costume – the real Mr Monopoly – turned up at Marylebone Station to cheer everybody on. Such was the excitement that, for a bit there, Honkopoly was trending on Twitter.
Talking of costumes, mine was pretty lame in comparison to the cutest Scottie dog in town who you must check out here, and unlike most of the others I didn’t even have a red onesie on. But I surely deserve a few extra quid for the amount of times I almost strangled myself with my home-made Honkopoly sign and my unfeasibly long scarf.
Please enjoy in pictures my 5 hour tour of Honkopoly streets, stations and utilities.
We even have a video! As shot by Alex Robinson (such a good sport) for Victory Media Productions – big thanks to him for following us around all day without a single moan.
Special mention also to Swazi from Chocolate is not the only fruit who did pretty much all of the day, managed to stay out of jail at the Tower of London, had just a teensy rest and then took the baton on the train to Fleet at the end of the day, to hand over for the next part of the route. And it goes without saying that it was the indomitable, moustachio-ed trio of HPMcQ, Franglaise Mummy and Sarah Grenglish who not only conceived the plan, but also inspired us all to join in and kept us going around the course on the day.
The Team Honk relay carries on with ever-increasingly creative ways to travel and dress up. Today has been a particularly fun day in Sheffield led by A Dad called Spen and his flotilla of mobility scooters and friends at Barnsley Football Club. That baton gets about a bit!
Lastly, on to the most important part – the donating. Big big thanks to those who have already donated, and to those who are about to. Think of my poor feet doing 5 hours’ walking in flat wellies in the wind and rain if you are wondering whether or how much to donate.
The total raised so far by all teams is a whopping great big £21,000 and still rising. That beats the overall target already. But let’s see how far we can beat it by. Just think how many people we can help already.
The link for donating to the London team is here:
Or donate by text: Text HONK to 70005 and donate £5 to Sport Relief
Even a pound can help:
• £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.
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.
Thank you and HONK!