Have you been following our Facebook and Instagram recently? Well, we’ve been invited to the Lidl NSPCC Messathon! Yep, the name said it all. This messathon is ideal for my two messiest kids in the world!
This was held in Birmingham, my In-laws’ home town. This was the perfect chance to catch up with our cousins, plus as they are such a sporty family – they were also invited to take part too! We traveled to Birmingham on Saturday and stayed for the night. E&E gotten on with their kids so well. They were instant besties!
Lidl’s involvement with NSPCC.
Lidl have partnered with the NSPCC and have pledge to raising £3 million over the next 3 years for the NSPCC’s Schools Service. Through this partnership, they are helping the UK’s leading children’s charity to reach over a million primary school children through its Speak out. Stay safe. programme, giving a generation of children the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect.
Lidl’s funding is supporting NSPCC volunteers (and their friendly mascot Buddy) to deliver interactive workshops and assemblies in primary schools up and down the country, teaching children about what abuse is, that they should never worry in silence, that abuse is never their fault and who to turn to if they need to speak out.
Since the partnership began in April 2017 they’ve been busy raising these vital funds in all sorts of fun and creative ways, Messathon is one of them. Every single penny you give will help children. They are looking for families who love fun and outdoor challenges to take part in the NSPCC Messathon. So don’t worry if you have missed out this year, I hear there will be another next year as well! But if you can’t wait that long, then do check out NSPCC’s other charity walks, treks and challenges fundraising event page here. There is something for everybody!
Our Lidl NSPCC Messathon Day!
The next morning, our cousins drove us to the event at Sandwell Valley Country Park. It was really easy to find and the atmosphere had really pumped up our adrenaline ready for the 3K race.
Our start was at 10am and we arrived just 5 minutes before the start time. We quickly dumped all our stuffs with our cousin’s husband (sorry!) and ran to the registration area, got our wristbands and t-shirts, then we sprint to the warm up area. It was a close call, but we made it! (You can catch our warm up highlights in our Facebook Live!). We had a lot of fun at warm up time. Team England and Great Britain rhythmic gymnast Mimi-Isabella Cesar was there help gear everyone up and hand out medals at the end of the race too.
We were let into the race – one team at a time, so that we don’t all go tumbling out all at once. I thought this was well organised and considerate for the little ones. Each team also had a little interview just at the start line. Err… we, however, were a little unprepared and had forgotten to give our team a name, so we quickly had to think of something up on the spot. We decided on – “The Wonder Kids!” Team.
The race started off with a run on the field and then bean bag balancing act on the head and a few climbing frames and obstacles across a field. So yes, it was quite a trek all round, but the atmosphere was very relax as you can walk as well as run.
Throughout, we had quite a few surprises with people hiding in the bushes and just sprung out from nowhere with colour splashing on us! It was really funny as the kids and adults were trying to dodge the paint. Of-course, most were unsuccessful and got absolutely covered in multi-coloured paint!
Ethan was mostly zooming off in the far distant. He clearly doesn’t know what team-work is. lol! 😉 Evelyn did have a little bit of a moan of being tired whilst we were walking in the middle of a field, but thank goodness for lots of water points so we can refreshed ourselves throughout keeping her going for the next exciting obstacle.
When it came the waterslide, Evelyn opted for a cat walk instead, which was rather cute and hilariously funny at the same time.
The Mud Pool – both E&E weren’t sure at first about getting into the muddy pool until I did it myself which they quickly followed. They loved it so much and said that it reminds them of Pepper Pig jumping in muddy puddles.
The Bubble Pool – at this point both E&E loved it so much they didn’t want to leave! lol! All in all, we did the race in just over an hour. I thought that it was not bad of a time, not that we were keeping time on of it or anything. 😉 But I must say I am super prove of both of my kiddos and our cousins too. It was our first for everyone and everyone did extremely well.
* F I N N I S H E R S !! * E&E & our cousins in-law have had the most wildest time. E&E said they like the Bubble part the best. They didn’t want to leave the Bubble pool! 😂😂 I don’t blame them. We had such a lovely time today and they’ve said they’d love to do it again next year. So watch this space!! 👀👀 😀😀💪🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃 #LidlUK #ad #sponsored @lidluk @nspcc_official #ExplorerKids
At the end of the race, just in case – you don’t get messy enough, there is a paint throwing session – designed just for you! (Please keep in mind paint could get into the eyes, so wearing some kind of eye protection such as sunglasses or goggle is advisable, as Evelyn did right at the end, but she was very brave and did not cry which was such a relief.)
And of-course the most friendliest staffs will present you and the kiddos your very own medal at the end, to keep as pride possession forever, to remind you of your achievements and what great course you’ve help raised awareness of, with such fun memories have been made for all!
The well organised event had provided us with changing spaces, next to a freebies stall of wet wipes, hand sanitising gel, and washing up liquid tablet stall. This was rather handy as you can imagine a little privacy goes along way. Plus, there was a man giving out free Lidl tea towel too! We like freebies! 😉
Since it was such a beautiful day, our cousins treated us a pre-ready picnic. If, however, you fancy, there are food trailers selling delicious hot and cold food from Lidl, pizza, and coffee is also available too. The kids obviously didn’t have enough exercise and did more running around the field where we had the picnic on the haystack, watching and cheering on other participants in the race from the big screen.
If that wasn’t enough exercise, our cousins also took us for a little tour for more kids’ actions at the HUGE playgrounds next to Sandwell Valley Country Park. Gosh! I really thought E&E would have already been worn out and be sleeping on the returning train journey home, but nope – they were awake throughout the three hours journey I had to endured! Yeay! Lucky me!
We had such a lovely time at the Lidl NSPCC Messathon as well as catching up with our cousins. The kids have said they’d love to do it again next year. So watch this space!! Perhaps, some of our Birmingham friends could come and join us next year too? How exciting is this to see so many taking part, spending fun quality time together as well as raising money for a brillant cause.
Here our capture of our day on film!
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*This is a sponsored post by Lidl. We were given press passes to the experience. All photos and words are honest and of my own. #ad