Did you see Chief Sender of Hugs, Faye, in Louise Pentland’s vlog about the Hello! Star Women Awards? Faye absolutely loved meeting Louise, having followed her online for years. Louise is down-to-earth, funny and incredibly kind. To be featured in her vlog was a pretty exciting thing!Read More
A couple of weeks ago, I took myself away for a couple of days on a solo life and business planning retreat and I’m totally convinced it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.Read More
On 16th July, I had the incredible honour of being given The University of Sheffield Robert Boucher Distinguished Alumni Award. Seven years after graduating as a Speech and Language Therapist, I was asked to speak at one of this year’s graduation ceremonies about my journey to become Chief Sender of Hugs.Read More
Did you see the great big photo of our Chief Sender of Hugs, Faye, in HELLO! Magazine?
We were so excited to see the spread all about the Star Women Awards where Faye was presented with the #HelloToKindness Award. It was especially lovely to see Faye’s picture alongside Eula who was the winner of HELLO!’s Star Mum Award. Eula works tirelessly to support people with Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia.Read More
This week I met the President and Founder of The Prince’s Trust, HRH The Prince of Wales, in London for an event celebrating the Prince’s Trust’s enterprise programme. I got to meet a lot of incredible people who have started business over the last 36 years with the support of the Enterprise Programme too. It was an amazing evening and, as always, I'm so proud to be supporting The Prince’s Trust.Read More
A little while back I was invited to the very fancy Sony Music offices in London to be interviewed by Country Pop sisters Ward Thomas. Catherine and Lizzy were so lovely, warm and welcoming. It was great to chat with them about all things mindfulness, social media and BearHugsRead More
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.Read More
Our Chief Sender of Hugs, Faye, was recently a guest on The Storybook Cafe podcast with the exceptionally lovely Amy.
Each episode of The Storybook Cafe “will focus on a different element of mental health, including self-care activities and practices, common things which affect our mental health, and how our identities intersect with mental health.”
To listen to Faye’s episode, follow this link or search for The Storybook Cafe in your podcast app.
Chief Sender of Hugs Faye shares her thoughts on the portrayal of disability in the mediaRead More
The Sheffield Star has kindly published a feature on BearHugs and Chief Sender of Hugs, Faye.
The piece goes a little into the story behind BearHugs and what the future hopefully holds.
We’ve not actually seen a print copy yet - so all our Sheffield readers please keep an eye out!
You can read the piece online here.Read More
As you may know if you've read our story, our Chief Sender of Hugs, Faye, launched BearHugs after falling ill in her early twenties. Originally diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome /M.E. and later with Lyme disease, Faye found that although able to work in some capacity, she wasn't able to find employment that was a good fit due to the fluctuating nature of her condition.
Faye is now incredibly passionate about:
- offering flexible, accessible, remote opportunities for people who find themselves in similar shoes
- encouraging other employers to consider accessibility for people with chronic, often "invisible", health conditions