Posts in Behind the Scenes
Audio Accessibility on the BearHugs Blog

We know that reading big blocks of text isn’t for everyone so to improve our accessibility and also just to make life easier for people prefer audio, we are going to be making recordings of our blog posts. All blog post audio recordings will now be available via a souncloud link at the top of each post.

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Silver Linings

A couple of weeks ago my lovely BearHugs-mobile ‘Little Blue’ was stolen after our house was burgled. While it was very annoying and has created a lot of admin, noone was hurt, I have insurance and in a few months time probably won’t think about it at all. 

What it has brought to light though is some seriously incredible loveliness that I definitely won’t forget. If you need a little reminder that people are inherently good, here’s a little list of kindnesses I’ve felt beyond lucky for in the last few weeks...

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"How I Came To Be Chief Sender of Hugs" Talk at The Indie Business Fair

This year's Indie Business Fair is taking place at the BearHugs’ first home Showroom Workstation on Thursday May 2nd.

The event runs from 09.00am until 14.00pm, and our very own Faye will be doing a talk at 11.15am - called How I Came To Be Chief Sender of Hugs.

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Kindness Advent Day 18: Share a fundraising page

Day 18 of the BearHugs Kindness Advent Calendar is 'Sponsor someone or share a fundraising page'.

Today we are sharing the fundraising page for an important friend of BearHugs, Sophia.

Sophia is the very special person who sent Faye the beautiful, thoughtful care package that inspired everything we do today. Sophia is endlessly kind and truly one of life's loveliest people.

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Our 2018 Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar is here!

We’re very happy to have released our shareable, printable 2018 Kindness Advent Calendar through our website and social media free for anyone to share and use this December.

The Kindness Advent Calendar features a different act of kindness for each day in the run up to Christmas, including acts like Spread the word about a small charity and Send an encouraging text or email to a friend, with each act chosen specifically to help as many people as possible spread as much kindness as possible this festive period.

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Mindfulness Gifts

Mindfulness gifts have become more and more popular amongst our customers recently as the importance and benefits of mindfulness have become better understood. In short, mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better.

Here’s some information for the NHS about mindfulness and some of BearHugs’ customer’s favourite mindfulness gifts.

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BearHugs visit to Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice

Here at BearHugs, we are always on the lookout for lovely new organisations to partner up with for our 1:50 Hug Donation Scheme and our brilliant Hug Donation Assistant, Georgina, has been working away behind the scenes to start a new partnership with Sheffield-based Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.

Myself and Faye had the absolute honour of visiting Bluebell Wood Hospice last Friday and I just wanted to tell you all about it. 

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12 Ideal Gifts for Book Lovers

Looking for the perfect gift for a book lover? Well, here at BearHugs we love nothing more than curling up with a good book, and one of our favourite things that we stock are our range of brilliant, lovely and inspiring books.

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Teddy's Happy Pawtrait!

Those of you who are signed up for the BearHugs newsletter will know that we love nothing more than hearing back from you all about how you are doing and what you’ve been up to.

One of the most lovely replies we received was from Chloe, who in her reply to the BearHugs newsletter, told me all about her passion for art and how much she loves that it can bring happiness to people.

After chatting a little, Chloe, the brains and talent behind Happy Pawtraits, very kindly offered to draw Teddy, our resident Little Office Helper.

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BearHugs Bank Holiday Posting

We just wanted to give you a little reminder that next Monday, August 27th 2018, is a bank holiday.

This means that there won’t be any postal collections or deliveries between Saturday August 25th and Monday August 27th, so any orders placed over the bank holiday weekend might have a tiny delay - please don’t worry, we will have your BearHugs on their way as soon as humanly possible!

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Send a gift to friends in Scotland

BearHugs has our thinking of you gift boxes delivered all over the world, but we’re always especially happy when people place BearHugs orders to send a gift to friends in Scotland, as BearHugs will always have roots in Scotland.

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Team BearHugs' Favourite Hug in a Box Treats

Did you know we have a Team BearHugs page? It’s a great way to meet our lovely team and find out a little bit more about them!

Not only does every staff member have their own page, there’s also a little section where they describe their perfect BearHug. If you’ve been looking for a bit of inspiration when it comes to putting together a hug in a box - let the lovely members of team BearHugs give you some ideas!

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Radiotherapy Gift Ideas

Just recently, we received a message through social media from a lovely lady called Heather, who, after seeing our Cub Hug (mini BearHug!) to support those going through Chemotherapy (see below), enquired as to whether we had a ready-made gift box to send to a loved-one experiencing Radiotherapy. Our Social Hug Assistant, Charlotte, was more than happy to help, explaining that although we did not have a ready-made BearHug/ Cub Hug for Radiotherapy treatment, that customers could select and build their own personalised box with the recipients needs/likes in mind. 

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What is a Hug in a Box?

Here at BearHugs, we love the idea of a ‘hug in a box.

BearHugs’ Chief Sender of Hugs, Faye says: "The idea for BearHugs first came about after I received an especially thoughtful package from a friend just when I needed it most."

In other words, a hug in a box!

“When you can't leave the house very often, anything arriving through the post takes on greater significance.  That little package completely turned my day around.”

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