You may be here as you've seen the dolls that I adapt on my Facebook Page!
Here's a little bit about BrightEars...... It all began after I created a doll with Hearing Aids for my Daughter (Tilly) who was born Deaf and wears hearing aids. I became disheartened after I couldn't find a doll on the high street or online that represented my little girl, to me it felt as if society didn't think she was important and therefore shouldn't be recognised.....I wanted to change that! When I first gave the doll to Tilly her face filled with pure joy and she wouldn't stop giggling! It's incredibly empowering for a child to be able to see themselves reflected back in a toy.
Over the past couple of years I have adapted a range of dolls to represent a range of disabilities, differences and illnesses. I run BrightEars as not-for-profit so the cost of a doll is made up from materials, Etsy fees and my labour time. I work from my dining table at home and it's only me! I receive a lot of requests from support groups, hospitals and community groups asking for donations. As I don't make any profit when I sell a doll it means that I don't have any "excess" income to allow me to donate dolls on a regular basis. I do donate dolls now and again but this comes from my own pocket.......so this is where you guys can help!
Over the past month BrightEars has received a huge amount of media interest which has resulted in me receiving many messages/ emails. Amongst these emails are requests from some amazing big- hearted individuals who have asked if there is anyway for them to pay it forward or donate a doll. This is such a beautiful thing to do and hence I have therefore set up this go fund me page. I would like to match the generosity of people donating by offering my labour time for free, so basically funds raised would be used on materials and shipping costs only.
All donations made from this fundraiser will be detailed on the Bright Ears UK Facebook page so you will be able to see where the dolls are sent to.
Thank you for reading!
Clare....and Tilly ( the unofficial CEO!!)Bright Ears UK Facebook Page
- Sharon Sealey
- Joanna Francis
- Jamie Watts
- Carianne Kowalski
- Samara Schulman
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