Walk for Babies with The Lullaby Trust
One of the best things about being a blogger is that you never know what opportunities are going to come your way. I was already feeling motivated this year, especially after being named as an Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion, and determined to challenge myself. I was contacted by The Lullaby Trust about getting on board with their ‘Walk for Babies‘ campaign and I immediately knew that this was an ideal opportunity to set myself a challenge while raising money for a very worthwhile cause.
As a parent, I knew of the Lullaby Trust, but I didn’t know just how long and how hard they have been working to educate parents in order to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and to help and support bereaved families. After becoming a mother I was immediately advised by various health professionals about how to put Finn down to sleep in the safest possible way, as well as being alerted to the biggest risk factors in causing SIDS. Much of this advice has come about because of research conducted by the Lullaby Trust and their work in keeping parents and healthcare workers up to date with the latest evidence-based advice on safer sleep for babies.
I didn’t need convincing of the importance of this, especially with over 600 babies dying suddenly every year in the UK. The Lullaby Trust has set an ambitious target of halving the number of SIDS by 2020, and as far as I’m concerned, anything that contributes to this is a very good thing.
This brings me on to the ‘Walk for Babies’ campaign. Simply, it’s a great opportunity to get together with friends, family and colleagues to get outside, have fun and raise money for a worthwhile cause. The beauty of a sponsored walk is that you can choose the distance, the route and location. Do it your way. Whether you take on a mountain, or your local park, it all counts.
The Lullaby Trust have a great information pack full of tips and advice to help you on your way. I will also be posting some family friendly as well as some tougher routes in the near future, to give you some ideas if you fancy giving it a go. I am also planning to do my very own sponsored walk this summer which is going to be one hell of a challenge (especially given my current lack of fitness!). I am just finalising my route, but will post an update very soon.
Have you ever undertaken a charity walk? Would you consider a Walk for Babies?