Meet the Feet – Helen

So obviously, you know who I am. (Really? You don’t? Well, I’m Hayley, and this is my blog. So, y’know, hi.) but you probably don’t know the girls I’m doing Race for Life with so well. We call our little group Four Feet, and first up is Helen. She was the first person to show me around my new school in year 3, and hasn’t been able to get rid of me since. Ha!

Hi, I’m Helen, the youngest of the Feet (yes we were all in the same school year but now we’re getting old being the youngest and reminding the others of this at every available opportunity is extremely important!). I’m currently living and working in Chester and have no significant other half to speak of (there’s nothing wrong with me honest! I’m just picky and have height issues!). I enjoy watching rugby, quizzes, Singstar (me and Hayles are amazing) and general fun activities. I hate spelling mistakes and text speak, don’t even get me started on ‘lol’ and I overuse exclamation marks!!!!!! (Just realised that sounds a bit like a dating profile thing, it wasn’t meant to!)

Those of you on Twitter might know me as @hellybellybutt but I answer to most names, Helly, Belly, (not Butt!) Simmo, Bel, Smellon and if Hayley is feeling particularly lovely, ‘Oi, biatch’!

Me and the Feet!

I’ve known Rach all my life. I can’t recall my first meeting with her, no doubt I was still a very ugly newborn, she’s my cousin and at just three months old, on the way to Rach’s 1st birthday that I fell out of my car seat and landed on concrete (no that does not explain a lot!). I don’t remember the first time I met Gemma either, more than likely it was at nursery or play school but I’m sure it was magical. I actually do remember the first time I met Hayles, she was the new girl at school and I got to look after her and show her how things were done (not that she listened, I don’t think I told her that we lock ourselves in the toilet with a book if we don’t like the teacher!). Anyway, long story a little bit shorter we have been friends ever since. We have drifted away from each other a few times but always manage to get back together and meet up, although not as often as we should, especially considering three of us all live in Chester still!

Me and the Race For Life!

I’ve done the Race For Life twice before. Once with the Feet and last year with work people. Although I might not look it, I’m the laziest person I know when it comes to exercise and I run like Phoebe in Friends so in the past I have tended to walk, skip or generally just prance about during the race and I imagine this year will not be too different (apart from being attached to another person). I will be racing for a few people, Hayley’s mum, obv, sadly I’ve lost some family members and family friends to cancer in recent years and my job involves contact with people who have terminal asbestos cancer (mesothelioma) so I will be thinking of everyone during the race.

Me and You!

So, what do I want from you????

Obviously Race For Life is about raising awareness of cancer but it’s also about raising money so, if you can sponsor Team Feet please do! Here are the many ways you can do this:

Online –

Text – FEET88 £1 to 70070 (replacing the £1 with whatever amount you’d like!)
In Person – if you’re one of those people without a phone and don’t like putting your bank details on tinternet (you’re most likely a relative) just get in touch and you can fill in a sponsor form

We don’t just want your money though. So you feel like you’re getting more out of your sponsorship than the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with giving to charity, Team Feet is giving you some input on how we do the race and what we wear!!! It’s all very exciting isn’t it?! So, if you have any ideas on costume type things or alternative ways to run/walk/dance/hopscotch the race, just let us know.


Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Thanks even more if you’ve sponsored us.

And thanks if you’ve made a suggestion for the team outfits (if it was a nice one!).

Basically, just thanks a million!

Give Up Clothes For Good

While I do Race for Life every year, I feel a bit guilty for pestering people to sponsor me (although if you did want to sponsor us, heres the link. I’M JUST SAYING.) I know that not everyone has the ability to donate money, so I thought I would share a campaign that TK Maxx are doing with Cancer Research that most people can join in with.

TK Maxx is collecting your unwanted clothes, accessories and homeware this April to give to Cancer Research to be sold in their charity shops around the country. They’ve been doing this since 2004, and have so far raised £10 million, with £6 million specifically going to fun research into children’s cancer. The money is sent to both research centres and hospitals around the country – in Bristol, funding is given to the Univeristy of Bristol’s research into childhood brain tumours. Nearer to my hometown, Alder Hey is given funding to do research into various trials.

That dress that doesn’t suit you anymore will fetch £7 for Cancer Research. The skirt that you swore you’d slim into will get £5. Shoes that don’t go with anything will also bring in £5 while a handbag will raise £8.

I have a huge pile of stuff I keep meaning to eBay – I keep putting it off because I don’t think that it will be worth the time and effort to take the photos and list everything individually, so I could donate it instead. Time saved, and a warm glow inside from helping to raise money for an important charity. Whats not to love?

Raffle Time!


When I think of a raffle, I think of the ones at school fetes, where random tins of food have a ticket sellotaped on and people get way too excited over winning a dented tin of peaches.

This raffle is about a million times cooler (but with less splat the rat). You guys all know my blog wife Sarah. She decided to organise an online raffle to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign

All you have to do is donate £2 (or more!) on this JustGiving page on Friday 28th October and you’ll be entered into the raffle. But let’s face it, you want to know about the prizes. There are some pretty bloody awesome prizes too!

  • £50 of Debenhams vouchers
  • £20 of Clippy vouchers
  • A selection of House of Holland tights from MyTights
  • An October Glossybox
  • Handmade bracelets by Sophie
  • £20 gift voucher for Crown & Glory
  • £30 gift voucher for Sarah’s Etsy shop
  • A special vintage piece from Darwin & Delilah
  • £100 gift voucher from Stanwells Boutique
  • Bespoke online design service from Abby
  • Vouchers from Sarenza (qty TBC)
  • A signed copy of The C-Word by Lisa Lynch
  • A signed copy of Cult Fiction by Ardie Collins
  • A selection of GoGo Philip jewellery
  • A Simeon Farrar for Fulton Limited Edition Umbrella

To see more about the raffle, head over to Sarah’s Blog

Pass it on – lets raise lots of money!

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