Regular readers will be aware that throughout this month I abstained from chocolate to raise funds for Barnardo's. When my eldest two children heard what I was doing they decided that they too wanted to give up all chocolate to fundraise for charity.
They thought long and hard and agreed their charity would be EACH. Last year they took part in the Town 102 Feetbeat Challenge for EACH and Girl also heard about the Treehouse Appeal through Rainbows so it's a charity well known to them.
Middle was aware that it was a place for poorly children but he expected to stay there when he was off school, instead of spending the day on the sofa. It was difficult trying to explain to him how ill a child has to be to stay there and that I hoped he'd never have to go there.
I'm so proud of them for wanting to do this and I've been working hard with tweets and retweets and letters to the Press trying to get as much publicity as possible and they've been very lucky with sponsorship so far.
While they sat in the living room earlier this evening I asked them a few questions about their challenge;
We're on the last day of May and you've just had some of your Easter egg, which will be the last chocolate you have before starting your challenge tomorrow. How do you feel about that?
Girl: Pretty sad because I have to give up chocolate.
You were the one who decided to give up chocolate so why are you sad? You chose to do the same as I had done throughout May so why did you decide that?
Girl: Because I thought it would be a good thing to do, to be sponsored to raise money for a charity.
Why did you choose EACH?
Girl: It's good to raise money for EACH because it's a children's hospice that needs money for children that are really poorly.
Do you think that you'll really miss chocolate, especially as you love chocolate chip brioche and chocolate cereals
Girl: Errrmm, not really.
What about when you have an ice cream. You won't be able to have a flake
Girl: Well, I would actually enjoy it without a flake. I'd be happy without.
You have just had your last chocolate for an entire month. You had some of your Easter egg, didn't you?
Middle: No. (I can see how this is going to go!)
How do you feel?
Why do you feel sad?
Middle: Because I'm sitting here talking to you (Thanks son!)
How do you feel about not being able to have a chocolate ice cream for whole month?
Middle: Very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very sad.
So that must mean you're going to miss chocolate a lot?
Do you think you'll feel better knowing you're doing it to fundraise for charity.
Why did you choose EACH?
Middle: To get money for very, very, very poorly children.
You said the other day that you wanted to give all the chocolate you wouldn't eat in June to those children at the Treehouse, didn't you? That's a very sweet and kind thing to say.
Do you think that Mummy and Daddy are going to have to remind you often that you can't have chocolate?
Middle: No. I'll remember all the time.
That's very impressive! I'm glad to hear that you're very determined. I struggled and when I broke up your eggs earlier I nearly picked up a piece and ate it!
Middle: It doesn't matter about you.
How do you think you'll get on at the Jubilee party tomorrow? Do you think there'll be chocolate on offer? Will you be able to leave the chocolate alone?
Middle: Yes, I won't have any.
Do you feel proud that you're doing this? You hope to raise lots and lots of money for EACH?
Middle: Yes, I do. Mummy, today I made jam tarts at school and we're going to be selling them tomorrow. You can buy one.....
I think that means his interview was over!! I won't be hurrying into a career as an interviewer any time soon ;-)
I announced to the children that they had already hit their fundraising, before the start of their challenge. They both punched the air repeatedly and shouted YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!
Bless their little cotton socks!
If you'd like to sponsor Girl and Middle you can do so on their just giving page here