Hello and welcome to the last monthly newsletter of this year. We hope you have enjoyed reading our newsletters and learning a bit more about how your support enables us to do what we do. Hope you have had the best month possible and managed to enjoy some of the festive period.
12 Smiles were sent to both ME sufferers and carers of all ages this month. The items included in our Smiles change all the time as we personalise them to each person’s likes and interests. Some of the items included this month were bath products, candles, make up, face masks, cuddly toys, crochet set, gaming gift voucher, book gift voucher, socks, lego gift set, crystal bracelet, sweets, chocolate, biscuits and tea.
Throughout 2022 we have sent 222 Smiles to both ME sufferers and their carers. These included our regular monthly Smiles, Smiles in memory of Merryn Crofts as part of our Merryn’s Smile Day and our Carers Week Smiles.
Each Smile we send is very special to us as we personally customise each individual one. From doing our best to thoughtfully choose presents for the recipients, and ensuring that they are are appropriate from the information we receive. To wrapping in our signature blue kraft paper decorated with our logo and twine, which we slightly adjust for Severe ME sufferers with Merryn’s Smile Day and when working together with Bear Hugs for Carers Week. They are then posted with love hoping to brighten a day and remind people they are thought of.
Thank you to all the Smile recipients this year who have kindly sent messages or pictures after receiving your Smiles and given us permission to share them. Not only does it touch us to hear or see your Smiles have reached you safely and made you smile but we also love being able to share them as it enables us to show people supporting where their money goes. There is never any pressure from us to share about your Smile, we completely understand the people who prefer to be private and we are just as grateful for the private messages. (Please note if you do have a private social media account even if we are tagged we are unable to see your post due to your privacy settings, please send it to us directly instead if you wish to share with us, thank you)
Making 222 people smile this year wouldn’t have been possible without your generous support so we can’t thank you enough. Thank you for helping us to share a smile and remind people they are not alone ?
Smile of the year
What’s made you smile this year?
A big thank you to everyone who has donated, fundraised, supported on social media and nominated someone affected by ME for a Smile. Your support this year has meant more than words can say. We would not be able to do what we do without the kindness and generosity you show us. Thank you so very much.
A special thank you to Nancy who kindly chose to support us by donating money raised from a craft fair.