#RealRapunzel with Little Princess Trust and Shrek’s Adventure London

Next Saturday, we’re headed to a rather unique event. My two girls are going to be donating their hair for the Little Princess Trust. So this –

is going to take a good cut.

The girls are thrilled at being able to do something like this and can’t stop talking about it.

I wish I had not cut my hair so recently so I could have also contributed. But alas!

If you want to know more about the event and register for it, here’s some more information –


Shrek’s Adventure! London are looking for kind, generous people willing to have at least 7”/17cm of their hair cut off for the Little Princess Trust at a fabulous, fun-filled day on the afternoon of 29th April. While the minimum length of hair for donation is 7”/17cm longer hair donations are especially welcome, so real-life Rapunzels looking for a style change are particularly sought-after!

The Little Princess Trust is a charity which provides free real hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK & Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses.

Donors should register for a time slot at https://realliferapunzel.eventbrite.co.uk, when they can donate their hair and then enjoy a complimentary haircut and styling courtesy of students and staff from South Thames College Hair Salon, a glitter makeover and plenty of fun activities too. Each donor can bring one non-donating guest – although the more donors the better!

The event will be attended by The Only Way is Essex star Mario Falcone, who recently donated his hair to the charity. Mario will be meeting guests and crowning the donor of the longest hair as a ‘Real Life Rapunzel’.

Charity Manager, Monica Glass, said “We are absolutely thrilled that Shrek’s Adventure! London has offered to host this wonderful event on behalf of the Little Princess Trust. We arereally looking forward to meeting so many of our amazing donors and we feel this is a great opportunity to offer everyone who supports our charity that day a fun-filled afternoon!’

Steve Blackburn, General Manager of Shrek’s Adventure! added, “Shrek’s Adventure! London is home to lots of princesses and we are really proud to be working with the Little Princess Trust, spreading awareness of the incredible work they do and encouraging those with long hair to donate it for the benefit of children suffering from hair loss.”

Race for Life 2015 – We Did It!


Yesterday, Jadyn and I set off for our first ever Race for Life event. You must have read my previous posts about our training (if any) and how we were preparing as well as why we were running.

As I mentioned in one of my posts, there is a lot happening that took the excitement off this race but yesterday when I entered the grounds, I was awed.


A sea of pink – runners, joggers, walkers, pushchairs and even dogs on leads.

The atmophere was charged. The army ready to tackle the field.

And Jadyn and I were part of it.

The Pink Army – Race For Life


5km – 5000 metres.

Not a huge course but not so little either. A course for all abilities as it was held in the Old Deer Park.

For anyone who knows me – I’m not a runner or even a walker. I would rather take the car.

But for my Mum, I would do anything. Pity, I couldn’t save her.

Knowing that the money I am raising is going towards Cancer Research means everything. It means that it may help another child not losing a parent.

Race for Life
The Start…


Race for Life
The Finish…


I had calculated that we could probably complete the course in 50 minutes at a brisk walk but not overdoing it. And we did it. Though the clock says 56 minutes – we actually started later than the runners and we had stopped several times to take photos. To remember.

I know my little girl was worried she would not be able to complete the course but I know she felt the emotion as we joined the others and said – we have to run part of the way otherwise it will be like not putting in an effort for Grandma.

As I blinked away tears, I knew we would complete the course and as we passed each sign that posted the distance covered, I felt her achievement.


When I saw the amount raised, I know that mine is a drop in the ocean but then every drop makes the ocean so I am still fundraising. Please, click on the link at the end of the post and donate. It would mean a lot to us.


As we passed the finish line, it was a great feeling knowing that we had been part of such an amazing event.

We were handed a medal, a Brioche Pasquier roll and Aqua Pura Limited Edition bottle of water each.

There are many more events being held so if you think you would like to Race for Life visit their website here.

The 5K course was not difficult at all and for anyone having any misgivings, there are some wonderful supporters every step of the way – cheering you on.


It was so well organized – the course was set and it started on time and the entire field was abuzz.

Jadyn and I have decided to train for next year and try and beat our time by jogging.

Yesterday though…

The sun was shining, the pink army was in their battle gear – it was Race for Life 2015.

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Every little counts, so if you could donate even ONE POUND – it would help.

Visit our page https://www.justgiving.com/jacintaz3/ to donate.

Making Every Moment Count with Shooting Star Chase

We’re normally home by 3.30 as the school is a short walk from the house. The children change out of their school clothes, have a quick snack and then settle down to play. I sometimes join them before I head off to cook dinner and they do some schoolwork.

4 pm – This is our ‘play’ hour. I encourage the children to play together and have fun. And do we have fun. It is also accompanied with some after school snacks and we share our day.


Like all mums, my life revolves around my children and I am really thankful that I have them in my life. They are healthy and happy we thank our stars for this everyday. I also know that there are many families out there who do not share this joy and there are many children who have very ill health.

Shooting Star Chase is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.  Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, its aim is to make every moment count. The charity supports families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.

It is indeed sad when one loses a loved one and can be devastating when you lose a child. Shooting Stars’ new campaign is all about a new way to remember – through The Sunrise Walk.

Heather Tilley is a Family Support and Bereavement Counsellor for Shooting Star Chase, a leading children’s hospice charity caring for children in London and Surrey. She has over a decade of experience helping families accept and cope with the diagnosis of a child with a life limiting condition. 

She says –

My job is to help the families of children with life limiting conditions navigate from having to manage the news of the diagnosis through to life after loss. The impact on families can be devastating.  All their plans and assumptions for the future are shattered.  One thing I often hear from parents is that things are in ‘the wrong order’ if their child dies before them. They carry a huge burden of guilt alongside their grief.

As time passes it can be helpful to find new ways to remember. Our Sunrise Walk is a poignant, but positive way to commemorate a child who has died, whilst making a difference.  By taking part, you can help raise much-needed funds for the charity to continue providing a lifeline for other parents who are learning to live alongside the loss of a child.

With three routes to choose from in a picturesque setting, anyone can take part – whether you’re an experienced walker or enjoy a stroll with your family and friends.

The walk takes place on Sunday 31st May 2015 at 4:30am at the beautiful Ham House near Richmond, Surrey and starts with lighting a paper lantern to remember a loved one.

Pick wither a 10k or 20k route – both will take you past some stunning sights including Richmond Park, Richmond Hill, The Thames, Ham Common, Bushy Park and Home Park near Hampton Court Palace.

To be a part of this amazing campaign visit –


#PoweringSmiles this Christmas

My children have been smiling a lot lately. They have been invited to some rather lovely events and have been greeted with some amazing deliveries.

I’m not smiling as much because I have to do all the writing that follows. Just kidding.

I love my work and I love to see my children smiling. But then, who doesn’t?

There are some children who may not be smiling as much this year with the reasons being numerous.

Duracell, is a big part of Christmas as it powers toys and games on Christmas Day bringing smiles to everyone.


This year Duracell is joining Mel C, who brought many a smile to young people’s faces with her singing, in the Powering Smiles Campaign.

For every #PoweringSmiles shared on Facebook or Twitter Duracell will make a donation to Barnardos to be spent on their life-changing sensory services and provide toys for children living in poverty or facing other challenges such as caring for a loved one who is ill.

It doesn’t take much. But it will mean much.

All you need to do is share the hashtag #PoweringSmiles on Facebook and Twitter so that we can bring a smile to many faces at Christmas time this year.

You can read more about the campaign here

Disclaimer: I was under no obligation to write this post. I think this is a lovely campaign and I would love to bring a smile to many a face this Christmas.