Causes We've Supported
Cavell Nurses Trust
Cavell Nurses Trust supports nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants facing hardship. Those seeking help often report being happier, healthier and more able to stay in or return to work with receipt of their support. The charity supports both working and retired nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in the UK, when suffering personal or financial hardship often due to illness, disability, older age, domestic abuse or the impact of the coronavirus.
From simple, essential support like money to repair a broken cooker or boiler, to vital life-changing aid like helping a family flee their home due to domestic abuse, Cavell Nurses’ Trust is there to help. The numbers seeking help from the charity increase year on year so it’s clear there’s a need for nursing professionals to access their support.
During the great lockdown of 2020, we enjoyed some incredible exposure for our Look For Rainbows cross stitch kits. We donated £250 to the Cavell Nurses Trust from the sale of these kits.
Pins for Tins
Pins for Tins was born on Friday 13 December, 2019, following the result of the General Election. My phone was buzzing with sales of political pin badges and I couldn’t stomach the thought of profiting in this way while many are about to struggle under a Conservative government. So I decided to give something back.
I announced that I’d donate a tin of food to Swindon Food Collective, our local food bank, for every political button badge I sold until the end of the year. I expected maybe 200-300, but ended up with well in excess of 1,000 tins and donated a total of £421.50 in the first week of January. £150 roughly covers the fuel costs for our local food bank’s vans each month, so we’ve kept their vehicles on the road, collecting and delivering food donations for almost three months – AMAZING!
Pins for Tins is no longer running, but food poverty is an issue we continue to focus on and donate to regularly. From buying our local homeless community warm food when we see them, to making both business and personal donations to our local food bank and other causes.
Bloody Good Period
Bloody Good Period give period supplies to asylum seekers, refugees and those who can’t afford them, aiming to create a sustainable flow (pun intended) of products to distribute to drop-ins for those who need them. They think it’s outrageous that period poverty should even be an issue in the UK today, and are not afraid to shout about it – because they think it’s unacceptable that anyone should have to stuff a sock in their knickers when they bleed, or not go to school, or work, or basically go about their day because if the insecurity that comes with having to use loo roll instead of a pad, or re-use blood-soaked pads that pose a serious risk to their health… or any of the other shocking scenarios that they hear about all too often.
Our blood drop pins raised £1 for each one sold and have now been discontinued, but you can also help by donating pounds for pads at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bloodygoodperiod.
Fertility Network UK
Hello Treacle was born of a desire to support women and couples experiencing infertility while we were trying to conceive our second child. Fertility Network UK is the first charity to have received any funds from the sale of Hello Treacle goodies and I feel a strong loyalty to their work as advocates, a support network and champions for fair NHS funding for fertility investigations and treatments. Fertility Network UK supports anyone who has ever experienced fertility problems and is working hard to address all aspects of the fertility journey.
The pink edition Positive Pants enamel pin has raised in excess of £300 for Fertility Network UK and I was delighted to be invited to design a Not Alone pin in support of their work for Fertility Week in October 2019.
I’m working on an environmental policy at the moment, to explain a little more about my processes and why I’ve made some of the decisions I have around packaging choices, sourcing products, materials and manufacture.
You love to send cards and gifts as much as I love to make them. Doing this requires the Earth’s resources and I aim to be as Earth friendly as possible as I go about my business, helping you to therefore do your bit, too.
One way I do this is to donate monthly to Tree Sisters, a charity which channels 80% of its donations towards reforestation and ecosystem restoration, and the other 20% funds work about behaviour change and a shift in consciousness with women to reinstate feminine leadership and normalise collective ownership of planetary restoration. Feminism, empowerment and trees – a winning combination!
Each month we make a donation that enables Tree Sisters to plant 66 new trees, which means Hello Treacle is responsible for 792 new trees each year. Alongside using only recycled card stock, envelopes, gift boxes and badge cards as well as advocating for all of our products and packaging being recycled, this monthly donation takes the sting out of the resources I use to own and run a product based business.
You can grow your own forest at www.treesisters.org.uk