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Spring 2017

As spring blossoms school-gate chat hops to Giant Wiggles, diving into muddy puddles, gifting baby bundles and baking a difference to Comic Relief…

Getting A Wiggle On

Action for Children NI and The World of Eric Carle™ are encouraging children’s groups, schools and families to host a Giant Wiggle from March 20 to 26 to raise money for disadvantaged children. Now in its fourth year, the Giant Wiggle celebrates the much-loved storybook The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ by bringing children together in conga lines to wiggle like little caterpillars and develop their imaginations through storytelling and creativity. Action for Children’s NI fundraiser Julie Harvey explained: “The Giant Wiggle is a wonderful way to help encourage children’s development by helping them read, communicate, understand their feelings, make friends and be curious about the world around them.”

Since 2014, more than 110,000 children have taken part in more than 2,400 Giant Wiggle events, raising money in support of Action for Children’s work to help disadvantaged children, young people and families. To join in the caterpillar fun and host your own 2017 Giant Wiggle register at

Muddy Marvellous Fun

This spring it’s time to let the kids loose to jump, roll and even dive into muddy puddles as Mud Madness is back for 2017! Sponsored by McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes, Northern Ireland’s muddiest and best off-road challenge takes place on Sunday April 9 at Foymore Lodge, near Portadown. Suitable for anyone who has a basic level of fitness, for adults the challenge includes two laps of an 8km course through 25 obstacles, and for Mini-Mud Madness there will be two waves: The first wave is for ages six to 11 years where participants will run one lap (1km) of the course and in the second, for ages 12 to 16 years, participants will run two laps (2km). The event course consists of a number of natural and man-made obstacles with lots of muck to ensure a wonderfully mud-mad experience for all. You can also make much more of your muddy challenge by getting sponsorship and raising funds for event charity partner, Marie Curie. Everyone taking part will receive a Jaffa Cake goody bag, event T-shirt and there’s even a medal for all finishers! To sign up and for all event FAQs visit

Gifting A Bundle

New research released by Mothercare and environmental charity Hubbub has revealed that mums and dads are hanging on to huge amounts of baby clothing, long after their little ones have all grown up. In fact, the equivalent of 250 items of baby clothing for every baby born in the UK in 2017! The survey of 2,000 parents found that seven in 10 (71%) still have baby clothes their children have long outgrown and are unlikely to use again. And over half of parents (53%) whose youngest children are now in their teens admitted they are still hanging on to their baby clothing. In the run up to Mother’s Day, the #GiftABundle initiative is asking parents to gift quality unwanted baby and children’s clothing to other local families in need. Bundles of six to 10 items of good-quality clothing for children aged up to three years old can be handed into NI’s participating store, Mothercare at Sprucefield, Lisburn until March 25.  The clothing will then be beautifully gift-wrapped and distributed to other local families via charities and local community groups.

Red Nose Day is back on Friday March 24 and one way families can really bake a difference is by cooking up a storm and selling your tasty creations at school or work. This stylish child’s apron is available from Red Nose Day official partners TK Maxx stores for just £7.99 with at least £2.25 going to Comic Relief. Order your Fundraising Kit at

Number Facts

9,563 The annual average number of times children say the word mum.

1,523 The average number of cuddles a child receives from mum throughout the year.

Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Cllr Garath Keating with Evvie Bishop (9) and Teo Knox (12)

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