As a mother of three happy, confident, loved children, I hold the importance of enabling a positive childhood experience very close to my own heart. However, seeing my three (who are now five and seven) running about together laughing and playing, I often reflect about those less fortunate too. During this challenging time, as the human race deals with the threat of Covid-19, it is a harsh truth that those most in need will be the hardest hit and the charities that support them will also be struggling to survive. It has been estimated that charities will miss out on at least £4.3bn of income over the coming 12 weeks alone, though the figure could be far higher. Some will already have ceased to be able to operate and support those who so desperately need their help... As such I am happier than ever about the charitable partnership KeriKit forged at the start of this year with The HoneyPot Children's Charity
Since 1996 Honeypot has been working to enhance the lives of young carers and vulnerable children aged 5 – 12 years old. They are the only charity in the UK to provide respite breaks and on-going outreach support throughout a child’s formative years. Honeypot gives young carers a break from demanding and stressful responsibilities at home and provides a safe, nurturing environment where children at risk can develop their full potential.
KeriKit will be making a donation of £10 from every full-priced bag sold online to The Honeypot Foundation or for any Shopify gift cards sold over the value of £200 - a perfect solution for Mother's Day this year given the circumstances, providing a gift for a loved one and a donation to a very worthy cause at a time it needs as much help as it can get.
Each donation funds time for one young carer to enjoy activities aboard the 'Honeypot Playbus', or goes towards a week-long stay at the Honeypot House. So when you support KeriKit, you will automatically support young carers too.
Why The HoneyPot Children's Charity?
Using KeriKit, I am committed to supporting women and mothers and aim to make their lives easier with my designs while helping them to raise the next generation in style. I love that my bags help them to feel more confident after having a baby or help them feel more organised and put together every day or at work. Of course though, not all families get the same opportunities...
Around three years ago my elder son, Jasper, was starting to understand the concept of gifts and was beginning to ask for everything! I really didn't like it as he had no concept of the value or understanding of how lucky he was to get anything at all. When I was young my late father, who was a general surgeon, used to take us to hospital on Christmas Day. We would spend time with the patients and leave feeling so grateful to have our health.
To help Jasper's appreciation of what he did have I took some bags we couldn't sell (as they failed our stringent QC) and offered them to close friends in return for a small donation. Everyone was so incredibly generous we got far more money than we had expected and (to cut a long story short!) we found 10 local families where we knew the children in those families would not get a Christmas present that year. With my son's help (he was four at the time) we bought all the best gifts we could think of for each child. We had their name, and their age so we could be really specific. We then called in family and friends to wrap them all and Jasper helped - it was a really valuable lesson as he came to understand that not all children are as fortunate as he is.
After this I decided to find a way to help make a positive impact on more children more regularly. I spent over a year looking into different charities and when I discovered The HoneyPot Children's Charity I knew this was the charity I wanted to get involved with. Through my meetings with HoneyPot I came to understand there is one group that is often overlooked when it comes to parenting, namely child carers.
Child carers are children who due to their family circumstances, find themselves caring for loved ones, whether that’s a parent or sibling who may be chronically ill or physically disabled. They take on adult responsibilities on a daily basis which includes feeding, washing and dressing the person they care for daily, attending to household chores and running errands which can even extend to any number of grown-up activities and responsibilities such as managing household finances and doctors’ appointments. All of this is managed around school hours, leaving little time left for their childhood.
I hope that by supporting these children today we can help them have a better quality of life, a respite from their daily chores and in turn they will grow up to be happy, thriving adults.
They offer amazing respite breaks at the 'Honeypot House' in the beautiful English countryside; along with other initiatives like the Honeypot Playbus, for young carers to have a regular break from their caring responsibilities.
We believe every child deserves to have a happy childhood and we hope to help them achieve this as much as possible and #CreateASmile through this partnership.
Keep safe and love always