Hello Cocorosers 💗
This week marks Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, which is an opportunity to help shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people's mental health. The theme for this year is Growing Together.
Today, more than ever, children and young people need our support. Covid has wreaked havoc on the physical, emotional and mental well-being of children, with many experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety and severe social isolation. Rehab4Addiction sent us some stats the other day and I've included their insightful infographic below because, quite frankly, it really makes you sit up and take notice.
Thinking back to when we first went into lockdown, rainbows were in every window. Remember that? At the time, Elin was about one and a half ish years old and so we started drawing lots of rainbows together. I then took one of our rainbow sketches and digitally printed it onto our leather trainers, to create our Rainbow of Hope. Along with our rainbow, I also added a cut out and stitched heart on the toe of each of the shoes to symbolise Love and the white leather to symbolise Peace.
Gareth and I had more time over lockdown to think about stuff and chat and something that was very close to our hearts was how the pandemic was affecting children and their mental health. Having Elin, it just felt so close to home and we wanted to somehow try and help make a difference to others, even if just a little bit.
So we started working with The Honeypot Children's Charity, who support young carers between the ages of 5-12 years old. Since 1996, Honeypot have been working to enhance the lives of young carers and give them an opportunity to create happy childhood memories by offering respite and learning breaks and a face-to-face outreach programme. Many of the families that Honeypot support are financially disadvantaged and young carers, because of their caring responsibilities at home, tend to fall behind in school and experience a higher level of bullying than in the general population of young children.
We pledged to donate £20 to The Honeypot Children's Charity for every pair of Rainbow trainers sold and in addition to this, profits from the sales of all of our face masks. To date, together we have helped to raise around £30k for The Honeypot Children's Charity and this is all with thanks to YOU 💗 These vital funds go a long way towards helping to offer much needed respite breaks and support services to the young carers aged between 5 to 12 years old that Honeypot supports.
I think that these stunning trainers are the perfect addition to your upcoming spring wardrobe, symbolising Hope, a promise of better times to come and of course, doing good. Don't forget, that for each Rainbow pair sold, £20 goes to support The Honeypot Children's Charity. 💗
Our Hoxton Rainbow trainers in White have been sold out for ages and finally, they're BACK IN STOCK 🌈💗 We also have a select few remaining sizes in the Dove Grey leather. I hope you'll find a pair for yourself during this poignant week 💫🎀
In addition to our Rainbow trainers, our face masks have, of course, been incredibly valuable throughout these strange covid times. When we first started selling face masks, Gareth and I were in total agreement that, unlike so many other businesses that have profited from the pandemic, we would donate the profit from the sale of all of our face masks to The Honeypot Children's Charity.
We've had an incredible response to our face masks from so many of you, who have been so loyal and have returned time and again to buy our face coverings. It has helped, as I understand, that our high performance and quality masks are available in cotton and silk materials, curved and pleated styles and in prints such as checks, ditsy florals, hearts and plain. All masks have adjustable, elastic ear loops, filter pocket and nose wire in the pleated styles and all come with a matching pouch for storage and hygiene. And of course, profits from all mask sales go to the Honeypot Children's Charity 💗
Children's Mental Health Week runs from the 7th to the 13th of February this year and there are lots of ways to get involved. Not just during this week, but throughout the year as well. It's so important to encourage our children to talk and share their feelings but also, wherever possible, to help support the incredibly valuable charities that have a wealth of experience and skills needed to support our children.