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Maddy, Ben and James

About Me:

Hi, I am Maddy, I have a little boy called Ben who has just turned 2 , a Husband called James and a dog called Dexter , we Live in Southampton and I would say we are a pretty normal type of family, James is a Kitchen Gardener for a private estate, and I am a Training and E-Learning specialist for a well known Southampton based company.

Our house is pretty much always a mess, we have laundry piles the size of the Isle of Wight and toys all over the place. I am constantly in a state of hectic and I feel like I never stop sometimes!

The idea for My VIP Card came from setting up the Southampton Baby and Toddler Forum I set up “The Forum” whilst I was on maternity leave. It started as a group where baby groups could advertise their classes and quickly it turned into much more , we now have a baby group calendar, parents can ask questions of other parents and arrange meet ups , make friends and find out about local places to take their children for days out.

When Ben was born, I suffered with chronic anxiety and I needed to go out and meet people no matter what the cost! And setting up “The Forum” was something that really helped me and others to get out and about. It struck me how expensive it is to go out all the time, you want to have the best for your child and be able to take them to all of these various activities on offer. However, it came at a price. So I thought how could I help parents to save some money? And I came up with the idea of a discount card that would help save money on day to day activities for parents but also a card that helps parents to have some “me time” , it is so important that parents also have a life outside being a parent! I love being pampered in my spare time, I also really begrudge having to spend money on things like home improvements. I love dining out but again it all comes at a price

With the My VIP card, you can have some of the luxuries that you may not be able to afford without a discount and also get rid of the guilt that sometimes comes with paying for things for you. The idea came to me at 4am on a sleepless night with Ben, he didn’t sleep through the night until he was nearly 2 so I had a lot of thinking time!

All of the companies on My VIP card have been selected because they are things that I feel would benefit parents, from parties to baby groups, home improvements to beauty treatments; because after all being a parent is a very important job and sometimes we don’t get the credit we deserve!

This card is not just for parents of young children, it is for all parents, grandparents, childminders, carers, and foster parents, even aunties and uncles.


If you look after children in any way, you will know how challenging it can be sometimes, so why not treat yourself?