Tag: Pudsey

Welcome Break go Gung Ho!

We have now completed 5 months of fundraising where Sam and Jenna have completed various challenges and events to raise as much money as possible for Children In Need. Month 6 however is really something special!

On the 17th of June, along with 25 of our lovely colleagues from Welcome Break Fleet, we tackled the seriously fun 5k inflatable obstacle course. 5 kilometres of running, climbing, sliding and in some cases falling around the course and lots of amazing obstacles. What an amazing way to raise some cash for Pudsey!

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As you can see from the photo above Team Fleet were well and truly up for the challenge! Once we arrived at Southampton we even got a Pudsey TShirt and a fun aerobic warm up! Even managed to squeeze in a little bit of planking before hand.

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As far as 5k runs go this one was insanely fun! A lot more about teamwork than winning and a brilliant day out for a really good cause.

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Some of the team got round the course super quick and were on hand to take some hilarious videos at the end.

It was so much fun to have our friends and colleagues join us on one of our wacky adventures and we wish we could do it all again!


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Here we are very achy, burnt and tired but proud! Thank you to everyone at Children In Need for putting on such a great event, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and shall update with how much money we raised shortly!

There are still dates for Gung Ho this year and we would really recommend that you go and give it a go! You can visit the Gung Ho website by clicking here.

Please keep donating and sponsoring us, every penny really does make such a difference! Click Here to see all the ways in which you can donate or click here to visit our Just Giving Page!

Thank You!

~Sam & Jenna

A Bit of Bank Holiday Fundraising

May was a busy busy month for us work wise but no fear we still managed to squeeze in a little bit of fundraising with Pudsey!

Pudsey braved the May Bank Holiday heat to visit all the kids (and Adults!) at Fleet Services enjoying the bank holiday.

Over £106 raised thanks to the wonderful customers at Fleet Services, thank you Pudsey!

 

We are now at nearly £900 for Pinky and Perky’s Children In Need Challenge! Thank you for your support, please keep donating, liking, tweeting, sharing and following!

 

Kayaking The River Thames

Hello Everyone!

Today we ventured out onto the River Thames for challenge number 4! Neither of us have done any sort of rowing or sailing before so it took a little bit of time getting used to it! Below is our video when we arrived at the marina feeling very nervous (and poorly!).

Before we go any further did you know that you can click this link here and sponsor us to help BBC Children In Need continue all the amazing work that they do? Go on Click the Link!

We went to Shepperton Marina to collect our Kayak and life jackets. A lot of people were very concerned that we may end up drowning or getting run over (sailed over?) by a barge but we were assured that we would float if such an unfortunate incident would occur.

So here we are looking all enthusiastic with our paddles before venturing down to the water to get into our Kayak. That was not as easy. Trying to get into a really wobbly boat from a rather high jetty is a bit of an issue. I’m sure we provided the poor lad who was helping us with much entertainment and we wobbled around, clung to the side and finally managed to position ourselves into the Kayak. Look how pleased we are with ourselves!!! We then had to make our way out of the marina and onto the river.

Above is our video out on the Thames. We had our first rather unfortunate incident when leaving the marina. The person at the back of the kayak is in charge of steering. So what did Jenna do? Not Steer! As a result poor Sam ended up face first into a tree, a load of bushes and lots of reeds and rushes. I think a poor duck nearly got taken out during the collision too. There was tree in hair, tree in mouth, tree on face and a slightly damaged nose all very much to Jenna’s amusement. After that we definitely put a lot more focus onto steering! We did a journey round the Desborough Island then stopped for some lunch at the halfway point.

This was where unfortunate incident number two occurred. Jenna took a little bit of a splash. If you want to be technical then Jenna ran into the river. We had landed (is that the word? Do you land a Kayak? Or shall we go for beached? Like a whale?) the kayak on a bit of sand which should have enabled us to climb out of the kayak easily. As Jenna has the longest legs it was decided that she would take the leap over the tide and then pull Sam in. It took a little while but Jenna jumped out of the kayak semi gracefully and landed on the sand. Perfect you’d think? No wrong. For some reason unknown to us she turned around and ran straight into the river instead of up the sand and filled her shoes up with Thames water. Upon realising that her shoes were filling up she then jumped like a startled rabbit three times sideways along the river soaking her feet more and more each time before reaching a wall. What was Sam doing while this hilarious display was going on? Sitting in the Kayak laughing her head off so badly that she nearly capsized while hoping that Jenna was not going to push her back out into the river with no oar as a method of retaliation.

We had a quick lunch (3 hours of kayaking is more tiring than you would think!) and then made our way back out onto the river. We had learnt from past mistakes. Jenna had two wet feet by this point and Sam had one wet foot due to accidentally putting her foot into the Thames while trying to climb a ladder. This meant we only had one dry foot between us and we were planning on keeping it that way. Sam got into the kayak first and then we maneuvered the Kayak so the front of the Kayak was floating in the river. This meant Jenna only had to get into the back of the Kayak, we’d push away from the sand and off we would float. Perfect plan right? Nope. With both of us in the Kayak we had weighed it down so we were stuck in the sand. We resorted to rocking the kayak, frantic paddling and shuffling to dislodge our Kayak from the sand much to the amusement of the people picnicking on the riverside! However persistence paid off and we were soon back on the river paddling away at full speed. We completed the lap around the Island and rowed past the marina towards the weir.

We are doing these 12 wacky challenges to raise as much money as we can for BBC Children In Need. We keep in touch with all of the people following our challenge on Facebook live so we thought it was only right to do a Facebook live video from the Thames. If there is one video that you choose to watch on this blog post we suggest you watch this one!

Our 6 hours on the Thames went so quickly! We covered such a distance and saw so many amazing things but by now our arms were really starting to hurt and it was time to slowly make our way back to the marina. As we got to the entrance of the marina we met a ferry with no driver (Think Pirates of the Caribbean) which was a little bit creepy but it turns out that it just goes backwards and forwards ferrying people to the other side of the marina. We got back to the dock and then had to face the challenge of getting out of the Kayak. Somehow it just did not seem possible to climb back onto the platform which we had fallen into our kayak from 6 hours previously. After about 5 minutes of us maneuvering ourselves to try to find the best way out and arguing over who was getting out first Jenna managed to clamber onto the platform. Sam however was far too much of a chicken and far too scared of the scum and moss that was floating by in the river. Fear not though as a lovely man came to hold the kayak while Jenna yanked Sam out of the boat and onto the platform. No accidental splash in the river but a little bit of a dented ego! We sadly waved goodbye to our Kayak and made our way back to the car.

As always here is our after event video! It appears all the river air (or the amount of flies consumed!) may have gone to our heads and we appear to have lost it slightly in this video!

Please don’t forget that we are dong this for such a good cause and would really appreciate your help. Any sponsorship you can give us will make such a difference. We regularly get hundreds of views on our videos so can you even imagine how much money we could raise for Children In Need if you all just donated £1 when you watch us muppets?

So come on guys click this link and donate what you can to help Children In Need.

Link not working? No excuse! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CINChallenge you can copy and paste this one here!

Not sure how to copy and paste? It’s ok! You can text “UCIN50 £10” to 70070 and donate via text! You can donate £1, 2, 5 or £10 this way!

Thank You for reading our rather long post! We look forward to seeing you for challenge number five!

Lets raise lots!

Thanks,
Sam & Jenna

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8am – Challenge Complete!

Hello everyone!

It has gone 8 in the morning on Sunday which means we have completed our 24 Hour Sleep Out! Considering it was so cold last night the sunshine has come out again this morning and warmed us up a tiny bit!

This has by far been the toughest challenge we have done so far which is surprising considering there was a lot more effort involved in caving Cheddar Gorge and climbing the o2 arena. We ache really badly, are freezing cold and have only had around 2 hours sleep each

We have raised so much for Children In Need today so thank you all! We do not have a total as of yet as we need to count it all up but thank you to everyone who has donated to us, watched our videos, read our posts and shared them to others.

We look forward to seeing how much we have raised and to the next challenge!

See you soon

~Sam & Jenna

6pm – Nearly Half Way!

Hello again,

Just a quick update. We are nearly halfway through the 24 hours now with 14 hours left to go. The rain has stopped thankfully but the sun has gone round the other side of the building so it is now a lot colder and we have started layering up.
We are cold, hungry, uncomfortable but still smiling!

Still lots of generous donations being received both on site and online so that is fabulous thank you so much!

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We will be back around 10 pm with another update before we try and get some sleep!

Thank You

Sam & Jenna

March – 24 Hour Sleep Out

Hello Everyone!

It is time for our next Children In Challenge. Check out our video below to see what we are going to be up to this time!

This months challenge is a 24 hour sleep out! There will be no luxuries, no food and we will be there regardless of whether it is pouring down with rain or a lovely sunny day. We have our fingers crossed for the sunshine!

We had to pick the best day in which we felt that we would be able to raise the most money so the date for this event is the 1st of April. We will be at the entrance to Fleet Services southbound from 8am on the Saturday to 8am on Sunday morning.

If you are in the area of Fleet or passing through please stop to say hello, we’d love to see you! We will be keeping you updated over the 24 hours with videos, blogs and facebook live updates which can all be accessed from our website.

Remember you can donate by text so if you cannot make it to site just use our text code: “UCIN50 £5” to 70070 to donate £5 to BBC Children In Need. Or you can visit our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CINChallenge

Every penny we raise throughout this year will go to support BBC Children In Need which will help continue the amazing work that they do to support children and young adults throughout the country.

Thank You

Sam & Jenna

#2 – February – O2 Climb

Hello!
We are very please to be able to say that February’s challenge is now booked!
You can watch our lovely little video below to find out what it is!

We had had a rather heavy night the night before so were feeling a little worse for wear here so be kind!

The video appears to not be showing on some devices, so any issues here is the direct link which may work on those devices that are currently not working! 🙂 If both work for you then you just have to look at our tired little faces twice (lucky you!).

So for February we are going to be climbing the O2 in London! 380 metres of fabric walkway over the O2 while being 52 metres above the ground.

The date is set for the 16th of February at 4pm and we think we can actually take our phones on this one unlike down in the caves so there should be more videos to upload!

As always if you could help us out by liking/sharing/tweeting/subscribing to our blog that would be fantastic! Also if we have done enough to earn a little bit of sponsorship out of you please visit http://www.CINChallenge.com/Donate where you can see all the ways in which to help support our cause.

Don’t forget the Text Code! By simply texting “UCIN50 £10” to 70070 £10 will be sent to the lovely people at Children In Need. You can also add gift aid to your donation via the text code at no additional cost to you! You can donate £1, £2, £5, £10 in this way and it will appear on our Just Giving page.

Thank You to everyone who has supported us so far, we have a long way to go with some very exciting things coming up and hopefully a lot more money to raise!

~Sam & Jenna