Save The Children’s Den Day

Kids love building dens, don’t they? So why not encourage them and raise money for charity at the same time? My little one is a bit too young to build one (at 10 weeks tomorrow) but I remember building dens when I was younger and hiding in them. That must have given my parents some much needed peace and quiet.

That’s why I’m excited about Save The Children’s Den Day. Save The Children are calling on families and young people to raise awareness and funds for those who don’t have a safe place to sleep or play. In a den, kids can have a sleepover and play fun games without their parents watching but not all kids are able to do this. Den Day gives us a chance to explain this to our own children so they realise how lucky they are.

If your kids need any encouragement then it may be helpful to know that Peppa Pig also supports Den Day. At Westfield London and Westfield Stratford shopping malls, Peppa hosted a day of activities in specially made dens. She read stories and sang songs to young kids and Rory and I went down to meet her for the first time.

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He was more impressed than how he looks in the photo – honest! It’s just the meet and greet took place after the storytime and sing-song and that tired him out. Bless!

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Anyway….both Peppa and her brother George, and their mum and dad enjoy building dens as you can see from these drawings:

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If you’re in London this weekend, then on Saturday 18th June, singer and TV presenter Claire Richards from multi-platinum selling group Steps will make a special guest appearance at the Save the Children Den in Westfield London and join in all of the den-related activities including den building sessions and Den Day activity packs.

Save the Children volunteers will be on hand on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm at Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City to host a series of activities designed to teach young people about the issues faced by children less fortunate around the world, including the recreation of a Child Friendly Space to demonstrate the vital work that Save the Children carries out on the ground to make sure all children have a safe place to play, no matter where they live.

If you’re not in London, then you can check out the Peppa Pig website to get inspired. Or watch this cute video:

Having a baby has made me a lot more sentimental. Every time I hear about a sick child or a child not being able to fulfil their potential, it hits a nerve close to my heart and makes me want to cry. I think it’s because it’s because life changes so suddenly – with a few wrong turns, Rory could be the one who is suffering and that’s too painful to think about.

 When we give to Save The Children, 90% of our money goes directly to the programs so we know that our money is making a difference to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
So will you be getting involved in Den Day? If so, please send me some pics – I’m on Twitter and Instagram @babyvipsblog.
Zoe Griffin

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Journalist, author and mother-of-one. I love fashion, beauty and gossip (preferably over a glass of bubbly). I founded the blog LiveLikeaVIP.com in 2009 and VIP Mums launched in April 2016 - the same month my son was born.

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