Welcome to February’s monthly update. Hope you are all doing as well as possible.
We sent 7 smile presents this month taking our new overall total to 492 smiles. Items included books, lego, stationary sets, mugs, make up brushes, embroidery sets, keyrings, socks and chocolate. You can nominate an M.E suffer or carer for a smile on our nominate page.
We launched Smile For ME tshirts, sweatshirts and hoodies – available to buy on our Shop page. You can raise awareness of ME and support us as money raised goes towards continuing to send smile presents. Thank you to everyone who has ordered so far. We can’t wait to see pictures of you wearing them.
Smile of the month
Something that made us smile this month was seeing reactions from people receiving their smile presents. We always love hearing from you and seeing pictures of you receiving a smile present. You say it’s made you smile and receiving lovely messages always makes us smile so thank you. You can read public comments we have received on our comments page as well as pictures on our smile page.
What’s made you smile this month?
Shop of the month
The shop of the month this month is an Etsy shop called SunshineMakesShop which is run by Hannah. Here’s more about Hannah and her shop in her own words.
I’m Hannah and was teaching in Dubai when I became ill and had to return home. After over a year of tests and dead ends I was finally diagnosed with ME in 2016. I lost all my independence and felt totally lost until I decided to use my creative skills to start a very small craft and cakes business that I can control and manage around my better days. That’s when SunshineMakesShop and SunshineMakesandBakes started and it’s been a lifeline. I also have alopecia so turned a dream into reality and wrote my first children’s book called ‘Where’s Your Hair, Hannah?’ Which was published in December 2017 and is available on Amazon. I try to find the positives in every day and make my own sunshine when all there seems to be is darkness.
All the items pictured and more are available to buy on her Etsy page which can be found at etsy.com/SunshineMakesShop. Please check it out and show your support to Hannah.
Many M.E sufferers aren’t able to work due to their health but some people run online shops from their home/bed so we would love to be able to help support M.E sufferers business in a small way by shining a light on their shop. If you have a online shop you can recommend to us, run by an M.E suffer or carer please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the information and it may be used in a following month.
A special thank you to those who have donated money to us this month. Your kindness allows us to continue sending smile presents so we can’t thank you enough. Your support really means a lot.
Thank you to
- Pauline – Can’t thank you enough for your continued donations.
- Steve – Thank you so much for your continued support.
- Owen Cycles – Thank you for collecting donations in our donation box in your shop.
- Elizabeth – So happy to hear we made your grandson smile, thank you for your kind donation.
- Sally – Thank you very much for your support.
- John from Shelia Tarr – Really appreciate your generous donation thank you.
- Everyone who has donated to In her Name Lucie fundraising page.
- Thank you for a kind donation in memory of David Fielding.