30 June 2011 - The Morrck Splasha has received a special commendation in the inaugural Tots to Travel Just Go! Awards. These awards are the first in the UK to focus exclusively on family friendly travel products that make it easier for parents to travel with young children.
The Splasha (£19.95 available from www.morrck.com) is a hooded towelling robe for children aged one to seven that is brilliant for days on the beach, camping holidays, festivals, the swimming pool, after bathtime or just chilling out. It’s a piece of kit kids will use daily, saving on packing lots of extras towels and clothes.
The judges said of the Splasha: “This is a product that didn’t really fit neatly into any one of our award categories. But it’s something we’d be upset to forget to take with us on holiday! We were so impressed with the quality, feel and design of the Morrck Splasha that we felt it deserved a special award for being a product that we all loved!”
The judges, who included Wendy and Rob Shand (founders of Tots to Travel), Kathryn Blundell (editor of Mother & Baby magazine), Amanda Morison (travel editor of Angels & Urchins), Nicola Grant (founder of Holiday Nanny) and Gavin McOwan (family travel writer for the Guardian), collectively have 12 children between them and are experts on what makes travelling with tots easier.
“We were looking for items that solved real travel problems that most parents face. The products need to be small, light or easy to pack; be great quality; versatile so that they’re not exclusively used for just two weeks a year; represent good value for money and are thoroughly practical,” said Wendy Shand, family travel expert and founder of Tots to Travel.
Other winners were:
Fun & Games – Fuzzoodles – a pipe cleaner craft toy (£9.99)
For the journey - Bubblebum Inflatable Car Booster – an inflatable car booster seat (£29.99)
Sleeping – Snoozeshade – UV protection snooze shade for prams (£19.99)
Safety – Milton Sterilising Tablets (£2.29)
Feeding – Totseat – a fabric high chair alternative (£24.50)
To see reviews of each of these winning products, go to http://totstotravelblog.typepad.com. You can see a video clip on the winning products here. For ideas on where to have your next family holiday, go to www.totstotravel.co.uk
About Tots to Travel
Multi-award winning Tots to Travel (www.totstotravel.co.uk) gives parents with young children and babies peace of mind and a stress free family holiday experience – from start to finish. Frustrated by the lack of safe, family friendly holiday accommodation, Wendy Shand, mum of three, set up this unique holiday lettings agency in April 2006, starting with the question “what really frustrates mums and dads when they are planning, booking and going on holiday?” and then seeking to find solutions. The result? A company that goes to extreme lengths to give families exactly what they want from their holiday.
This approach is entirely family focussed, starting with a team of mums who are trained (using a system developed with CAPT, the Child Accident Prevention Trust) to visit and vet properties based on what parents really want from their holidays. What’s more they have a team of ‘Holiday Heroes’ who know all about travelling with tots, what questions to ask and which properties to recommend to suit individual, family requirements. That means a stress free holiday search service for busy parents, smooth booking process and, once on holiday, beautiful, safe environments where families can enjoy relaxed, quality time together. That’s their promise.
This unique approach is creating waves within the travel industry and the company’s success has been recognised with a cabinet of awards including the Cisco Customer Kings Award for outstanding customer service (March 2010). In addition Wendy Shand has won the Mother@work Best Mumpreneur Award 2007, the Enterprisenation Home Business of the Year Award 2007 and the BT Essence of the Entrepreneur Award 2007. The company was also a regional finalist in the HSBC Start Up Stars awards 2008, a finalist in the StartUps Awards 2008 and a runner up in the Everywomen Awards 2008. Wendy has been named Practical Parenting’s Inspirational Business Mum of the Year 2009 and was a runner up in the Remote Worker Awards 2009. She was also shortlisted in the SHINE Women First Awards 2011.
Morrck is run by Isobel Thompson and Kate Frankland. The two met when they both gave birth to premature babies in August 2003 and were both practically living in S.C.B.U. at Milton Keynes General Hospital. They became firm friends and despite having good careers, both realised that their main priority was their children. They also got frustrated with the impracticality of so many baby products, which led to their Baby Hoodie product. Since the introduction of the Baby Hoodie in 2005, the company has grown to expand its range into other products like the Wrapture, children’s blankets, a summer beach wrap, the Splasha and its range of hats and scarves.
Morrck is renowned for its innovative design and this award adds to its success this year, which also includes a Practical Parenting magazine finalist in the Best Buggy Accessory category. Other awards include bronze in the Bizzie Baby Awards (2009) and FQ Magazine ‘Top Gear Award’ (2009).
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