Teacup Doodles is proud to support two amazing charities…
Young Minds - Fighting for Young People’s Mental Health
People who know me will usually see the smiley, upbeat Toria full of energy and positivity but I’m also a deep thinker with a big heart and big emotions to match.
When I go through difficult times in my life, my mental health can suffer. However, I’ve learnt to overcome these situations by practising self care and adapting a positive mindset.
After seeing my teenage son experience anxiety and hearing recent worrying statistics about children’s mental health, it has spurred me to get involved and try to help.
Young Minds are shining a light on Children’s Mental Health and providing support to both children and parents effected. With local CAMHS services stretched to the limit, it is more important than ever to support charities such as Young Minds.
I believe that resilience is such an important tool to learn when you are a child and one that I wish I had learnt earlier in my life. Self esteem and self belief can be hugely beneficial in building resilience and supporting positive mental health. There are also many studies that show creative tasks and ‘mindful’ activities can improve mental health. With all of this in mind, I decided to create a Children’s Doodle Workshop specifically aimed at encouraging positive self esteem and self belief.
Bone Cancer Research Trust
Jude went to primary school with my son, they shared a love of gaming, stunt scooters and being creative. Towards the end of their final year at primary school, Jude was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his right arm.
He bravely battled the disease for 10 months but devastatingly the cancer was too aggressive and it continued to grow despite the chemotherapy treatment.
Throughout his gruelling treatment and up until the day he died, Jude was fundraising for Bone Cancer Research. He would make hama bead creations and take them into school to sell, inspiring others to do the same.
Sadly the disease is not as well funded as other cancers. More money and greater awareness is needed to improve research in this area and Jude was passionate about making a difference for others.
Following his death, his parents, family, friends and local community started fundraising using the hashtag #bemorejude born from his selfless, inspiring attitude. Jude truly was a wonderful young man and his legacy lives on. Jude’s fund has raised over £74,000 to date and their goal is to reach £100,000 in 2019. You can donate to Jude’s Fund here.