For The Parents
I like to live a positive life. I try to keep negativity at bay and as a result I avoid the news. As a general rule, I don't read the papers, watch the news or listen to it on the radio.
Its not that I'm burying my head in the sand, I just find the media very sensationalist and don't want to get caught up in the drama.
There's the occasional thing which filters through to me and if it's of interest, or I think I ought to know more about it, I research it.
One thing which couldn't help but filter through is the Syrian Crisis.
I felt that this was something I ought to know more about, so I started paying attention. It broke my heart.
I'm a mother. Being a mother is the most amazing thing in the world, you have this little person that relies on you for food, warmth and love. It's your job to keep them safe.
When the image of that little boy washed up on the beach reached me, it struck a mighty cord, and whilst I was sad for the boy, my heart broke for his parents. They were trying their hardest to keep their children safe.
His mother and brother died with him, but their father has to live with this for the rest of his life. Aylan Kurdi's family are just one of the thousands upon thousands effected by this vicious civil war.
I felt hopeless. What on earth could I do to help? And then I saw a friend's facebook post. He was a school friend that I haven't seen since. His wife had gone to Lesbos and was helping the refugees off the boats. She was helping to ensure that they were kept warm and safe. I was in awe of her and it got me thinking.
I wasn't in a position to drop everything and rush off to Greece. I don't have oodles of spare money that I could donate. However I do have a talent. I make jewellery.
I thought that if I could make a lovely symbolic piece of jewellery that people would want to wear, I could donate the profits to a suitable charity.
The Peace Dove Ring was born:
So I contacted my school friend and told him how his wife had inspired me. I asked which charity she would recommend I donate the proceeds to. Actually being there and seeing it, which people did she think were making the biggest difference?
She came back with a list. There are so many good people trying to make a difference, but the one that stood out for me was Save The Children.
£25 from each ring goes to Save The Children. I know it's not much in the grand scheme of things but it's a start and even if it makes just one child's life a little less scary, then I know that it will make a difference to them and to their parents.
Sadly the crisis is still going on. Children are being maimed, killed and are living in constant fear. Thousands of children have simply gone missing. As a parent I can't help but think of my own son in this situation and it makes me feel sick.
So, to try and do a bit more, I've turned the Peace Dove into a pendant. And I'm sorry if you get sick of hearing about it, but I'm going to be pushy about this one!
Again, £25 from each one sold will be donated to the Save The Children Syrian Crisis Appeal. So if you were to buy one of these, you'd be getting a lovely piece of jewellery and you'd be helping a good cause. It's a gift that gives twice.
You can buy the pendant HERE.
Or the Ring HERE.
And if you don't like it, or can't afford it, is there another way you could help? Do you have a skill, craft, talent that you can in some way use? If you do, please use it, or simply make a donation. Click HERE.
Here's how your donation can help (from the Save the Children website):
We keep children warm by providing blankets, winter clothes and fuel.
Inside Syria, we provide food, support hospitals, help schools to keep running and repair water systems.
We also provide specialist emotional support for children.
Despite the incredibly difficult situation, our local partners have managed to reach more than 500,000 vulnerable children in besieged areas in Syria.
In countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt where many children and families have fled to, we’re providing food, safe water, medicine, protection, shelter and education.
This is our largest ever emergency response - we've reached more than 3.3 million children across the region since the conflict started in 2011.
It's for the parents as much as the children. If my son was in a situation like this, I would appreciate every ounce of effort and every penny used to help him.
And lastly, I don't have a big advertising budget. My business mainly comes from word of mouth, recommendation and social media. So if you are able to share this with anyone, please, please do.
"Beautiful, sometimes eccentric jewellery for beautiful, sometimes eccentric people."