Stand Up To Cancer Package - DBHF x Marjorie Minnie
I was on holiday this summer when I received an email from Steph Douglas, founder of Don't Buy Her Flowers - a family-run business that creates brilliant & thoughtful gift packages that are all about encouraging the recipient to take some time for themselves.
We'd followed each other on Instagram for a while, and as well as being an aspirational business woman and writer of the very honest and funny Sisterhood blog, Steph is also a fellow Leopard Print lover, so I wasn't too surprised to see the message contained an interest in my Mono Leopard Print baby blankets that were just about to launch. Could I resize them? For adults? to be included in a care package for Stand Up To Cancer UK? The answer, of course, was yes.
A subject close to my heart, I'd (somehow) managed to run the Bath Half for Cancer Research UK in 2014 following my Dad's diagnosis, and felt much more comfortable with a tight manufacturing deadline than a 13.1 mile finish line.
Steph has been working directly with Stand Up To Cancer (a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4), talking with patients and their loved ones about the items they found useful, inspiring or of comfort during treatment so that every product selected for the package has been personally recommended by those who have been there.
Two of the inspirational women Steph worked with, Deborah James (35, columnist of The Sun on ‘Living with Cancer’& Mum of two @bowelbabe on IG) and Emma Campbell (46, writer and Mum of four @emplus4 on IG) both listed blankets in their top picks of the things that gave them most comfort after receiving treatment.
So the brief was to resize the Leopard Print design, and a second, gender neutral colourway for non Leopard fans (is there such a thing?!) to a mid size. The blanket needed to be big enough for an adult, but small enough to be portable for hospital visits. We decided on my best selling Chevron blanket as an alternative design at a 1m x 130cm sizing.
Deborah chose the Leopard Print blanket as one of the items in her ideal package (along with the Gin, a woman after my own heart!) and here's what she had to say:
"I'm in love with this blanket. When I had my first operation, a blanket was the first thing I brought myself for the hospital. I wanted a bit of home comfort and something that didn't feel clinical. You will have days where you just want to snuggle up, whether recovering from an operation or having a rough day from chemo and your own little blanket is perfect for that."
Emma (who's incredible story I've followed through her column in the TAMBA magazine since my twins were born) chose the alternative blanket colourway as one of her package choices.
"I craved comfort during my treatment, hence my love of the chevron blanket."
The Stand Up To Cancer care package is completely bespoke with over 40 products to choose from for anyone experiencing cancer and also for their loved ones. Each persons experience is deeply personal, and what might offer a patient or the person looking after them comfort varies greatly, as Steph knows from personal experience.
“Many of us have been affected by cancer and watching a loved one experience it is something I’d never imagined until it happened. I was 14 weeks pregnant with our first-born when my husband Doug was diagnosed with a rare stage three thyroid cancer. Seeing the shock on our friends and families faces as they tried to make sense of what was happening will always stay with me. They were scared and felt helpless. I hope this package will relieve some of that helplessness and bring the patient and those close to them the TLC they really deserve”.
It's been an honour to have my products included in this package, and even better to know that 5% of every sale goes to Stand Up To Cancer UK to support game changing research that accelerates new cancer treatments and tests to patients.
The Stand Up To Cancer Care Package is available to buy now at www.dontbuyherflowers.com