Through the course of the year I always like to try and find ways a way give a little back.
Be it a cake sale at school, a sponsored silence or a jumble sale there is always a way to raise funds and I feel it is especially important to include children in this.
We can all get caught up in our own lives and forget about those in a much harder situation than ourselves and this awareness should be bought to the attention of our children in the hope that is will help them to become thoughtful and compassionate adults.
A great way to do this is to find something fun that the whole family can take part in and this is where the NSPCC Messathon is the perfect event for family fundraising.
The clever people at the NSPCC a charity who’s aim is to help neglected and abused children launched their first Messathon and we were lucky enough to be asked along to take part.
The event is aimed at families with competitors as young as four allowed to compete.
We were up early on Saturday morning with Frankie absolutely champing at the bit to get started.
Tshirts and headbands at the ready we made our way to the starting line at Frimley Park in Surrey for the warm up that got everyone going and eager to get started.
The claxon sounded and each team set off one at a time to make their way around the 2.5km obstacle course.
My super competitive family raced ahead to get going with the fun and I have to admit I was really excited to see what the course had in store for us.
We were faced with hay bales to scale, bubbles to slide through, a water slide to plumit down, a squelchey pool of mud to wade through and so much more.
It was a welcome break from the technological world that seems to take over our life so much and brilliant to have some good messy fun.
It had us in fits of giggles and really bought is together as a family by cheering each other on and helping each other to overcome each of the obstacles.
We bounced out way across the finish line on space hoppers to collect our medals of honour for taking part.
Sufficiently covered in mud and soaking wet we stopped and grabbed a well earned bite to eat from one of the many stalls offering great refreshments.
There were plenty of toilets and changing facilities to get out of your soggy clothes or capes to save your car from the mess if you are unorganised like us!
Plenty of places to keep you entertained before and after the race with face paints and tattoos and an area to educate you a little more on the good work the NSPCC do.
Or simply spend a few hours in the beautiful surroundings the event is held in.
There are still two more Messathons for you to take part in this year with the first one being in Bristol on 29th July and the second in Herts on 19th of August.
If this takes your fancy then I have the discount code BLOGM25 that will save you 25% on your entrance fee if you add it at the checkout.
We are now champing at the bit to take part again and I would love to know of any of you decide to have a go yourselves!