BearHugs 1:50 Donation Scheme
At BearHugs we are committed to spreading as much love as possible.
For every 50 'Hug in a box' gifts we sell, we send one to someone in need of a bit of extra love through our charity partnerships.
Georgina, our lovely Hug Donation Assistant, liaises with our charity partners and designs perfectly personalised hug in a box gift packages for our nominated recipients.
We'd love to introduce you to our charity partners…
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice
Hugs for children with life-shortening conditionS & THeir families
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, which is based in North Anston, near Sheffield, is a wonderful hospice supporting children and young people with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions, as well as their families. Bluebell Wood currently cares for around 250 families across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of North Lincolnshire.
Bluebell Wood offers a real home-from-home for the families they support, and when Faye and Sian visited last year, they got to see first hand what a fun, inclusive and caring environment Bluebell Wood have created. Bluebell Wood provides opportunities for the children, young people and their family members to create special memories together with sensory activities, music therapy, and special events to attend.They also provide respite, end of life care and bereavement support.
In September 2018, Bluebell Wood became BearHugs newest charity partner. We are all so proud to be working with Bluebell Wood as part of our 1:50 donations scheme, and we love having the opportunity to send BearHugs of treats to Bluebell Wood supported family members every month.
HUGS FOR SERIOUSLY ILL CHILDREN & THEIR SIBLINGS
Post Pals is a small charity run solely by volunteers who are dedicated to making seriously ill children and their siblings smile.
It was set up in 2002 by teenagers who were all ill themselves. Vikki George had the idea after finding that receiving cards in the post was the only thing that made her smile when bedbound and isolated due to very severe ME. Even today, Post Pals is still run from beds and hospital beds.
The concept is simple… Post Pals feature children on their website with a forwarding address, their interests and stories, and invite members of the public from around the world to log on and send cheerful post.
Here's what Post Pals kindly have to say about our very special partnership:
BearHugs are a wonderful company who have made a huge and significant impact on our Post Pals families. When our pals receive a BearHug box, it is like having sunshine on a rainy day...it brightens up their day and more importantly makes them smile. As a company, BearHugs holds a very special place within Post Pals as they brighten up the days of not only our pals but also provide support to the extended family which is invaluable. Every single person we have been in contact with at BearHugs is so caring, empathetic and nothing is ever too much to ask for. It is an absolute pleasure and an honour to work with you all. Thank you so very much for all of your hard work, effort and time in helping us to make children and their families smile during the face of adversity.
Share a star
Share a Star is a wonderful charity created by the equally wonderful Jessica Taylor-Bearman. Having suffered ill health for many years, Jessica knows first hand how much it can mean to know that people are thinking of you when illness can leave you isolated.
Inspired by the gift of a star received from her gran, Jessica founded Share a Star as a way to show young people with serious, terminal and life-limiting illnesses that they are never alone. Share a Star sends custom made holding stars to the young people (‘Stars’) they support. These holding stars give their recipients something beautiful, personal and tactile to look at or hold. Made and decorated according to each recipient’s likes and interests, each holding star comes with a personalised poem to help bring the sparkle back into a Star’s life.
Share a Star also arrange special gifts for their Stars and siblings, as well as family outings, and ‘Forever a Star’ memory boxes to those Stars who have sadly passed away.
We love the smiles, sparkle and positivity that Share a Star help to bring to their Stars’ lives, and we’re so happy to be welcoming them as a BearHugs charity partner.
You can find out more about Share a Star at www.shareastar.co.uk
Hugs for parents and carers of chronically ill young people
Project Parent is a social enterprise which aims to bring a little cheer and treat to the parents and carers of hospitalised and chronically ill children and young people under 25.
Founded in 2014 by Kate Stanforth, Project Parent sends Christmas gifts to parents as a way of bringing a little festive joy at what is often a very difficult time. Kate’s personal experiences of chronic illness and time spent in hospital led her to the idea of Project Parent, which has now grown from supporting parents and carers in Newcastle to providing gifts to parents whose children are in hospitals across the country.
BearHugs’ partnership with Project Parent meant that we could send a little extra love to parents and carers of children and young people with chronic illnesses throughout the year. Each recipient of a BearHug was nominated by someone close to them, and we picked out gifts that we hoped the very deserving parent or carer would absolutely love.
We loved our partnership with Project Parent and we loved being able to send BearHugs to such wonderful parents and carers!
HUGS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH LONG-TERM OR TERMINAL ILLNESSES
Friend Finder is a charity founded by the amazing Lewis Hine. Lewis founded his charity after experiencing loneliness and isolation after becoming incredibly poorly at a young age. As Lewis was not well enough to go to school, spending long stretches of time in hospital and having operations, he did not have opportunities to maintain friendships or make new friends. This is a significant problem for those who have long term or terminal illness, and we know the negative impact this social isolation has on our overall well being.
Lewis has written on the Friend Finder website: ‘Everyone needs a friend’, and we completely agree!
Lewis has set out to give young people like himself the opportunity form friendships they might struggle to make otherwise. Friend Finder have hosted three Friend Finder Proms so far, twice in Portsmouth, and this year they hosted the first Prom in Birmingham. All were welcome in this incredibly inclusive and accessible event! Anyone who has missed their Prom due to illness or disability - or who is likely to were invited, along with their families.
We love taking along hugs to Friend Finder proms for all the incredible young people attending!