We’re proud to support local, and national charities, and as we all know the last 12 months have proved difficult for those fundraising and those receiving support from charities.
When we developed our New Parent date box back in 2018 we knew this was one way we could give back. When you become a parent the small bundle(s) of joy take over your life and your relationship takes a back burner. This is fine, it’s understandable, but it is important to remember, when you find your groove, that you are more than just parents.
We have partnered with The Smile Group for over 3 years now and we’re proud to be able to support their work with families who, for whatever reason, can’t get this balance back. There are many forms of pre and post natal depression and anxiety which severely affects many families.
The Smile Group a Cheshire based organisation but recently became part of the Heart & Minds Partnership which sees 3 charities from across the UK working together to provide even more support.
We are lucky enough to have become friends with Natalie and Ruth who founded Smile over the years and by working with a local charity we can see the difference our donations make first hand.
In March 2021 we made a donation of £1,000 to the charity, a result of sales of our New Parent Date Box.
Co-founder Natalie Nuttall commented:
“We are so incredibly proud to be partnered with you & we are very grateful for your support to help vulnerable families affected by perinatal mental health challenges across Cheshire East.”
In 2020 we launched our Year of Strength box which is aimed at aiding recovery (from a physical or mental ailment) and promoting self care. You might remember when it launched we donated 50 boxes by way of paying it forward, these went to a Marie Curie Hospice and NHS staff who have been on the frontline of the pandemic. You can read more about that here.
Another element of this box was a charity donation based on sales, it was tricky to choose one when the box is aimed at helping so many people across a range of experiences. We agreed that NHS Charities Together covered a lot of bases and that is our advertised charity for this box.
However, there’s always a twist (!), in March our colleague Chelsea told us about Wear a Hat Day, a fundraising day for Brain Tumour Research. Sadly she has seen first hand how devastating this disease is, and we too have a good friend who’s live is affected by a brain tumour. The statistics are scary and so is that only 1% of cancer funding goes towards finding a cure.
We decided to join in with Wear a Hat Day, which took some explaining when we received a delivery (!), and made a £300 donation from sales of the box to support this charity. As a result Chelsea’s JustGiving page was in the top 15% in March – all for wearing a hat! Amazing!