Up Your Friendly – for my boy and his grandpa

My son adores his grandparents, and so I have chosen this photo for My Captured Moment – it’s when his nana and grandpa took him for a short trip around the shopping centre. They had just started babysitting him when I went back to work after maternity leave.


What I love about my boy Tyler is his ability to make his grandpa smile. Not just a little smile, a proper corner to corner smile! And this is a big deal, as my father is a Parkinson’s sufferer – one of the symptoms of which is rigidity of the facial muscles. So I love to see my dad and my boy enjoying each other’s company 🙂

This week is Parkinson’s Awareness Week (20-26 April), and Parkinson’s UK are running a challenge called Up Your Friendly. It’s not about raising money – it’s about raising awareness. We all probably should be nice to people anyway, but it’s easy to rush by with our busy lifestyles, so here’s a chance to stop and, well, be friendly!

You can join by doing something nice – like making a cup of tea for your work colleagues, letting someone go in front of you in the supermarket queue, or a friendly hello to a mum at playgroup – anything! Then spread the word of your good deed – share or tweet using the hashtag ‪#‎upyourfriendly‬. Here are some more suggestions:

Up Your Friendly - Parkinson's Awareness Week

You can also take the “Up Your Friendly Challenge” at http://www.upyourfriendly.com/
Get your friends to sign up to the challenge too, and help make the UK a friendlier place.

My #upyourfriendly deeds so far this week have been helping mums struggling with pushchairs by holding the doors open (and that’s with me having a pushchair too!), and today I bought my family flapjacks as a special treat.

How’s being friendly going to help Parkinson’s sufferers? Well, the idea is to:
• make life a little easier for people with Parkinson’s – by showing how being patient and kind can make a huge difference to people with the condition
• change attitudes to make society more Parkinson’s-friendly
• highlight some of the everyday realities of living with Parkinson’s

So go on, up your friendly!

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25 responses to “Up Your Friendly – for my boy and his grandpa

  1. Thank you for sharing this lovely post! I will be making a real effort to up my friendly this week and will be sure to tweet all about it! Thanks so much for linking up to the #MMWBH. Already looking forward to seeing your post next week! 🙂


  2. What a lovely way to raise awareness. Elsa’s great grandad is a Parkinson’s sufferer too and her Daddy walked from the Midlands to Wales last year to raise money for it. I’m glad it’s being brought to people’s attention this week.


    • It is a great campaign, a real feel-good one. Elsa must bring a lot of joy to your grandad. Good for Daddy raising money, it all helps 🙂 My siblings and I did a walk in Greenwich last year, and this year they are doing the 10k! I will be purely fundraising – I can’t run 10K! xx


  3. This us a beautiful picture of your son! I think Grandparents smile like that because they have the very best job! A lovely Captured Moment x such an important message too thank you for sharing x


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  5. Ahh this is lovely and grandparents are really the very best aren’t they? I wish my kids could be around theirs more. I am always trying to teach them to more friendly too. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme


    • Aw yes we are lucky that we live close to his grandparents, my boy is obsessed with them and I think the feeling is mutual! It is a good message to be friendly, mainly londoners need to learn haha. Thank you for hosting xx

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  6. Oh gosh, sending lots of love to you and your family Sabrina xx Thank you for this post, i didn’t know about the initiative and I should learn more as my Grandma was recently diagnosed. Thanks for linking up lovely xx #TheList xx


    • Thanks Hannah! Sorry to hear your Grandma’s got it. It sucks, but there’s a lot of support out there, and with the right medication and attitude it’s manageable. Lots of love xx


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