What is Tumblethon?
Tommy's and Tumble Tots hosted the first ever Tommy's Tumblethon; where babies, toddlers and their parents came together to raise money for Tommy’s.
Tumblethon took place in Tumble Tots classes nationwide during November. As this was the first fundraising event that many of the little ones had ever done, it was a pretty special event! We challenged little ones to dress up as a jungle animal and complete 10 challenges in a special jungle themed Tumblethon class:
1. Monkey climbing - can you bang on your coconuts and pretend to hide, climb and scratch like a monkey?
2. Climbing and tumbling - Tumble Tots begin your Tumblethon adventure by climbing your way into the jungle and tumble through spotting all the different jungle animals!!
3. Jumping tree frogs - show off your jumping skills and jump just like a tree frog, make sure to land on both feet!
4. Slithering snakes - snakes love to slither around the jungle floor, can you slither through the grass just like a snake?
5. Monkey swinging - not only do monkeys love to climb but swinging through the jungle is what they find most fun!
6. Balancing flamingo - with long legs, flamingos are graceful as they balance, can our Tumble Tots balance just as well as flamingos?
7. Balancing & stretching giraffes - with their long legs and necks, giraffes also balance so very carefully through the jungle!
8. Climbing cheetahs - cheetahs are VERY clever; they can climb and hide in the top of trees...can you?
9. Prowling and roaring lions - lions prowl their land, roaring as they go! Tumble Tots, how loud can you ROAR as you prowl?
10. Rolling armadillo - armadillos just love to roll about, we know all of Tumble Tots are fantastic rollers, so let’s see those rolls!
Tumblethon was a really fun experience for all involved, but there was an important reason behind it too. Every year, 1 in 4 women lose a baby during pregnancy or birth. Tumble Tots is committed to supporting Tommy’s in reducing this unacceptable statistic that devastates families up and down the country.
So every mum, dad and baby taking part were helping other babies who aren't as lucky. And every pound raised, will help to save babies’ lives. To find out more about Tommy’s life-saving work, please watch our video below:
How will the money be spent?
The money that was raised through the Tommy's Tumblethon could help to fund our brand new Tommy's research centre - the National Centre for Improving Maternity Care.
1 in 4 parents lose a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth. Tommy’s knows that baby loss is preventable because people who are cared for in Tommy’s clinics are more likely to leave with healthy babies.
More and more people are travelling long distances to be looked after in a Tommy’s centre. Where you live shouldn’t determine if your baby lives. You can help fund a new Tommy’s centre dedicated to improving maternity care across the UK.
Everyone who took part in Tumblethon was encouraged to wear a jungle themed fancy dress costume! We pulled together some ideas for you in this downloadable guide.
If you need an extra paper sponsorship form just download and print one here.
Going to all the effort of dressing up for Tumblethon and raising money for Tommy's deserves some recognition. So we have some fantastic prizes to send to each Tumble Tot for their first fundraising challenge.
For every participant who raises even just a pound, a prize will be coming your way*:
Raise £1+ to receive an exclusive Tumblethon certificate
Raise £25+ to receive a certificate, a limited edition Tumblethon keyring and a streamer
Raise £50+ to receive a certificate, a keyring, a streamer, an exclusive Tumblethon mini bear, 2 lummi sticks with 1 bean bag
Raise £100+ to receive a certificate, a keyring, a streamer, a bear, 2 lummi sticks with 1 bean bag, a limited edition Tumblethon tote bag and a foam disc
Raise £200+ to receive a certificate, a keyring, a streamer, a bear, 2 lummi sticks with 1 bean bag, a tote bag, a foam disc, a crocodile water bottle and a Tumble Tots Fun Adventures DVD
Raise £300+ to receive a certificate, a keyring, a streamer, a bear, 2 lummi sticks with 1 bean bag, a tote bag, a foam disc, a crocodile water bottle, a Tumble Tots Fun Adventures DVD, an elephant hand puppet and a small Tumble Tots rag doll
Win a family ticket to Alton Towers! Everyone who fundraises will be entered in to a prize draw to win a family ticket to Alton Towers
Other fundraising ideas
If you don’t want to rely just on your social networks, there is a whole range of ways that you can raise money - from all the usual things like sitting in a bath of beans (if you fancy!), or organising a quiz night (if you have time!) But we know how busy parents with young children can be so we’ll share some ideas which won’t take too much organisation:
Get baking with your little one and sell them for a £1 donation at your work / partners work / school gates / book group.
Kiddy Kit Sale
Arrange a Kiddy Kit Sale to sell off that far-too-small-but-too-good-to-throw-away jumper or toys and raise money for Tumblethon.
Whatever you do to raise money, collect it all and then pay it on to your JustGiving page.
Tumble Tots pride themselves on being the UK’s leading structured physical play programme for children from 6 months to 7 year olds.
Tumble Tots believes that every child should have the opportunity to experience the joys of growing up, the challenges of developing new skills and the satisfaction of success. Every child that attends Tumble Tots are given a safe environment to do so whilst having fun and receiving a sticker of achievement at the end of every class.
Find out more at www.tumbletots.com
Terms and Conditions
*Amounts exclude gift aid. In order to be eligible for any fundraiser prizes offered by Tommy’s or Tumble Tots all donations must be received by 6th December 2019. Prizes and certificates will be posted out at the end January 2020. Prizes are subject to availability and so may differ from images shown. To be entered into the prize draw for the Alton Towers family ticket, you must either fundraise through setting up your own JustGiving/Virgin Money Giving page or sending a completed sponsorship form to Tommy's and your money must be received by Tommy's by 6th December 2019. You cannot be entered into the prize draw for the Alton Towers family ticket if you only donate in class, or to someone else's fundraising page, or to a shared class fundraising page.