Dear Mummy, while eating our Sunday roast in front of the telly we were watching BBC Countyfile, it was a special show following the adventures of the presenters leading rambles across the UK, joined by viewers and youngsters to help raise donations and awareness for BBC Children in Need.
I love the outdoors and spending time with my folks in our wonderful countryside. So, inspired by the show, we set off on our own ramble across the New Forest to raise awareness of the fantastic fundraising efforts and encourage people to join in. Now in its 4th year, this nationwide event challenges everyone to get outside and rack up some miles in aid of BBC Children in Need this Autumn.
Blacks are partnering with BBC Children in Need again this year to support this great cause, warming heads and hearts around the country with their official ramble hat. So we’ve got our #HatsOn and ventured outside in the fresh air to walk around Burley in the New Forest. I loved my little yellow hat and even though they are one size, they fit the whole family perfectly.
It great that 50% of the sales from each bobble hat bought will be donated to BBC Children in Need too. Blacks sponsored rambles are happening around the country, so check with your local store to find out if they will be rambling near you – or do your own like we did!
It’s not too late to get involved this Autumn, by simply creating a fundraising page and going on a walk with friends, families or communities you’ll be joining thousands of people making a difference across the UK. There is a really great fundraising resources page to help get you started with packs, advice and tips and sponsorship forms.
You can also donate to the Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need.
- By donating £25 means a young person who has lost a family member can spend time with other bereaved children in a specialist support group and build memories and new friendships.
- £50 means a nurse specialising in rare genetic illnesses can provide hands on support to children and families, helping them to cope with the effects of their life-changing conditions.
- £100 means an entertainer can visit a hospital ward and brighten the days of seriously and terminally ill children, enabling them to have fun, be carefree for a moment & feel like a child again.
So we donned our walking boots, my mummy opted to wear her women’s Berghaus walking boots after hearing and reading good reviews online. She wasn’t disappointed, they were warm, comfortable with no breaking-in required straight out of the box. They looked pretty smart too with their Pittards® split suede upper leather with mesh fabric panels. There’s a great selection of Women’s Berghaus walking boots on the Blacks website too, even my Grandma wanted a pair!
It’s important to be prepared when going out for a ramble and having the correct footware for support and protection. She was thankful for the Opti-stud® sole design as it gripped really well in the mud, grass and wet banks in the New Forest. The flexible sole allowed her forefoot to flex and her midfoot to remain stiff with a decent arch insole support it really made it a good all-rounder boot for her. She could see herself wearing these boots at festivals, on long walks and in all conditions. She even gave them a good test in the New Forest mud (see our video below).
She opted to wear her Brasher Women’s Stretch Walking Trousers too, just in case the heavens opened or she took a tumble into a bog. She often gets muddy when we go out on our walks too. She liked that these trousers were stretchy and well made and can see them being a wardrobe staple this winter on our walks. These stretch trousers from Brasher have a flexible fit and comfortably soft feel for comfortable all day hiking and protection from the elements. They are great for all the bending she does, picking me up and reaching down to help me over the terrain. There’s a great range of Women’s Brasher walking trousers on the Blacks site with all different types of fits.
Daddy wore his men’s Craghoppers waterproof trousers. He’s a big fan of Craghoppers, having worn their clothes for years, trekking up the National 3 Peaks recently for charity in his favourite Craghoppers jacket and fleece. He likes the sleeker cut of the trousers which offers freedom of movement to jump over fences. The fully lined and AquaDry™ membrane technology kept him warm and comfortable plus takes a reasonable amount of water. Of course the multiple pockets were great for his multiple phones, keys and other bits and pieces he carries with him.
Along with his Brasher Men’s Country Master Walking Boot he felt he could tackle anything, including carrying me when I got tired. Well-made hiking boots don’t tend to come cheap, but it’s worth investing in one quality pair and looking after them as you’ll get years of wear out of them if you do. Traditional leather boots are heavier and stiffer and over time they will mould to your feet and you’ll end up with very comfortable boots. These weren’t comfortable straight out of the box but a little breaking in will combat that. Brasher boots are heritage-inspired, fully waterproof and look great. They are warm in cold climates yet breathable in warmer weather, so daddy’s feet won’t overheat.
Check out our video of our ramble in the New Forest, if we can do it anyone can! I must admit it was lovely to get off the sofa and into the beautiful countryside on our doorstep. It also lifted our moods and blew away all the Halloween cobwebs!
So will you be heading out into the great outdoors this Autumn/Winter to help raise money for Children in Need? You can also help by grabbing your Children in Need hat with at least 50% of all proceeds going towards this worthy cause.
Love Bella x
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