So a few months ago I had a little brainwave… Occasionally I have ideas, sometimes they are good and other times they are a little shit. This was a good one though (I thought). Now, I love a pin badge. I always have and I probably, hopefully, always will. They seem to be very cool at the moment and I wanted to get in on the action. But with what?! Hmmm…
Then one day I woke up with the idea of a geometric snowdrop. I have no idea why it hadn’t come to me before! Snowdrops always make me think of Eilys, her name is derived from the Welsh for snowdrop and the flower itself is so like Eilys… strong and beautiful and gone too soon. I started designing, I am NOT a designer. I cobbled something together in paint, ha, and then tweaked it in this annoying program that Joe uses called GIMP (it’s only annoying because I have no idea what I am doing with it). Then I costed it all out and was amazed that I could make some money from selling them.
Since Eilys died I have found making money for charity has really helped. The feeling that her legacy is helping other babies, other families and beyond is an amazing feeling. It is one of the funny things about grief is that it has made me want to do more and to be more… So I thought why not? And I ordered 200.
This is where the panic set in. What was I doing!? But I was also excited about seeing how they turned out. They took ages to come… well not really but it felt like ages! But when they came. Oh. My. Goodness. They are so beautiful! I know that is a bit braggy but they are.
With the help of Dear Orla I figured out the best way to package up the pins, with the support of Nicole from Our Missing Peace I decided to take the plunge and go for it and with the amazing help from the fabulous JJ from the Gin Fox I set up an Etsy page and started to sell my lovely pins. They have been selling really well too and I am so chuffed!
The pins are raising money for 3 charities The Ally Cadence Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust in Altrincham and Our Missing Peace.
The Ally Cadence Trust for SMA as I am sure you know is a charity very close to our hearts. They gave us equipment so that Eilys was able to go on adventures with us, they gave us a wonderful holiday to Center Parcs but the most important thing they did was they gave us support and were always at the end of the phone if we needed them, in fact they still are.
The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust provide short breaks for children who have life limiting conditions, or disabilities or disadvantaged children. We were lucky enough to spend 3 days there with Eilys in February 2016. They looked after us for the 3 days cooking for us and keeping us entertained. We had full use of the facilities which included a bouncy castle and the most incredible sensory room. They filled our days with lots of really fun activities and helped us to make lots of amazing memories as a family. It is a time that we will treasure forever.
And the final charity that the sale of the pins are supporting is Our Missing Peace. Losing a child is overwhelming enough without the added stress and upset of not knowing where to find support. Our Missing Peace aims to make it easier for bereaved parents to find support when they need it. It is a sign posting services. Nicole also created a vilomah pin badge that is a way of showing that you have lost a child. The work that OMP are doing to break the silence around child loss is incredible and so important.
I have been utterly overwhelmed by how well the snowdrops for Eilys pin badges have been selling and by all the thoughtful and kind messages I have received. If you would like one then the link to my etsy listing is here.
Thank you all so much for all the support and love and as always, thanks for reading