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  1. If you love picnics, camping trips and festivals as much as we do then you need to check out the multi purpose family sized Gigsak blanket.  

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    We’ve used our fab flowery fleece blanket many times now and even though it’s been dragged out on pretty much every family outing it’s still in a great condition.  The Gigsak has a wipe clean underside and the best part is that it has an opening for children to climb in if they get cold or to use as protection when the heavens unexpectedly open and it pours with rain.  This actually happened to us when we visited Kingston Lacy and we had to hilariously dive under it to keep us and the kids dry!

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    Our Gigsak has been lovingly nicknamed Giggy after taking it to Camp Bestival last year.  It came out with us during the day to sit on, the kids used it as a sleeping bag for a nap and then when it rained in the night I used it to protect our bags and food.

    The Gigsak has 2 designs, a traditional one and girly option which I love.  I really can’t recommend it enough, it rolls up neatly and has a handle too so I can sling it over my shoulder or hang it on the pushchair when we’re out for the day.   

    The owners of Gigsak live right here in Dorset and it’s great to know that it’s made in the UK too.  For more details regarding prices, dimensions and other FAQ’s please visit the Website.

    PS, it’s good for scoffing pizza on too!

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    Dorsetmums was gifted a Gigsak for review purposes however all views are my own.

  2. Everyone loves grabbing a bargain but if you visit the charity nearly new sales which are run by Helen, Janet and Pat at Hamworthy and Broadstone you’ll be helping a really great cause too.

    I knew that you could sell your own things at the sales but they will also happily accept donations with money taken going to their chosen charity SPRING.  SPRING stands for Support for Parents and Relatives In Neo-natal Grief - i.e. supporting families through losing a baby either during pregnancy, at or just after childbirth.

    A couple of lovely Mums at school knew I was donating and gave me a few things to take along so I had a good bundle of children’s bits to give for their next sale.

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    Helen, Janet and Pat have voluntarily been running these sales for over ten years now, alternating venues each month (excluding July and August).

    I spoke to Helen and she told me it all started when she went to chaotic nearly new sale in Parkstone.  At the time she was helping to run a baby and toddler group in Upton and thought that a sale would be a great way to generate some much needed funds for the group.  With Pat and Janet they agreed that they should split the profits from the sales with a local charity and after a discussion with other mums in the group, SPRING was chosen. Unfortunately the toddler group closed but now all the proceeds from both sales go to the charity.

    SPRING is a relatively small charity and the money these sales raise is highly appreciated.  Last year, they donated an amazing £2883 to the charity.  SPRING provides support and professional counselling for families and there are special suites at St Mary's Maternity Unit where families can go when experiencing difficulties during pregnancy.  It has proved an invaluable resource for so many people, so much so that with the Maternity unit's expansion they now have their own entrance separate to the main maternity ward so that grieving parents no longer have to walk through it on their way home.

    These lovely ladies are very grateful for any donations of baby and children's items like toys, clothes, and equipment.  They’ll label them up themselves and sell them on behalf of SPRING.  If you have any items you would like to donate or you would like to sell your own items then you can contact Helen in Hamworthy by email on or Janet in Corfe Mullen on

    For details on upcoming sales, please see the poster below or visit the Facebook page.

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