*In Collaboration with Boots.com*
It is that time of year again when people start to do some pretty amazing things for the BBC’s Children in Need. I love watching every year to see what amazing ways people think of to raise money for such an amazing cause.
This year we were contacted by Boots and asked to help them with getting even more, people raising money. In a really simple way, that can be done anywhere by pretty much anyone. With their idea, you can raise money in your lounge at home, on a football pitch, on a beach, basically anywhere safe to do so.
What Boots want you to do, is to literally jump for Pudsey this half term. From 22nd October until 29th October, with the official ‘Jump Day being 26th October. Get jumping and support disadvantaged children and young people across the UK! If you miss the half term don’t worry though, you can jump later and still get involved.
Just share a photo or a small video on social media of yourself, your children or random family member jumping for Pudsey and include a #JumpForPudsey. The hashtag will help those of us involved in the campaign to find your tweets etc and share them around.
You can either set up your own donation page via BT’s My Donation (if you want to be able to keep track of how much you raise) or include this link with your social media post https://mydonate.bt.com/events/jumpforpudsey . That link will lead to a donation page, where your social media followers, friends and family can donate to Children in Need.
People can also make a donation of £3 by texting JUMP to 70313. If you manage to get even one pence for every jump that you do, this could make a difference. This is how far 1p per jump could go in helping:
• 100 jumps – means a young girl who has been bullied make friends at a local youth club
• 200 jumps – means an 11-year-old boy with autism can develop his co-ordination and confidence at a trampoline session
• 700 jumps – funds a deaf boy who has been in and out of hospital so he can enjoy hands-on activities at an outdoor survival skills day
• 1,500 jumps – means a 12-year-old boy with learning difficulties gets to play, learn and grow in confidence at a unique football and literacy project
• 2,000 jumps – means pays for a group of children living in a deprived area can have an hour of weekend football, keeping them active and healthy over winter
• 3,000 jumps – enables disabled children can do an indoor surfing session, where they can have fun while improving their balance and coordination
• 25,000 jumps – pays for a cooker for a family who have previously been homeless, allowing the children to have a warm meal a day and improve their health.
The #JumpForPudsey campaign isn’t just about raising money for charity though, Boots want to encourage everyone young and old to move more and have some fun doing it. Your jump can be a hop, a skip even. The aim is just to be moving and to get your feet off the ground.
They are hoping to reach 1 million jumps across the country, and you can help by logging your jumps on the Boots website. They are hoping to smash that target before the BBC’s Children in Need appeal night on Friday 18th November. We can do it I am sure, with your help!
My boys have already started doing their own #JumpsForPudsey , they’ve had a lot of fun with it and I will be making a donation for them in recognition of their hard work. We’ll be logging their jumps as well.
As you can see in the Youtube video below, they are doing their jumps in their own way in a mix of fancy dress. One of them even insisted on wearing a tail. You can really have fun as a family whilst doing the jumps, why not put your own personal wacky twist on it to make it even more fun?
It was pretty hilarious watching them do their jumps, they were loving it. Especially, as it isn’t normal for them to be allowed to stand on the furniture, let alone jump off of it! I turned a blind eye for charity.
British Gymnastics has created a series of Pudsey Jumps exclusively for the campaign, to give you some ideas or a bit of a challenge. These Pudsey Jumps can be found on boots.com and in the Jump Journal – available free from most Boots UK stores.
Boots UK are also organising jump events in some of their own store, you can check on the Boots website to see if there is an event near you to join in with. There is a drop down option part way down the page on that link, where you can select your county. If like me you are in Cornwall, then there is an event in Truro.
So are you going to #JumpForPudsey?! If you do, then feel free to tag me and Boots UK on social media so, that we can get sharing some of your posts and get even more donations to this wonderful cause.