March 2019's Random Acts of Flowers
CHARITY- Young Carers Bath and North East Somerset
Mr Florista visited the Easter family fun day at the carers centre in Bath, hosted by the Young carers Bath and North East Somerset. We handed out posies of flowers to all the amazing young carers as a small token of recognition and appreciation for all they do.
The event was a great success. Lots of families attended to take part in egg cup making, an Easter egg hunt, games, pizza making and face painting. The event also saw the launch of their revamped young carers room.
There are 800,000+ carers in the UK with 3,276 of those living in BANES. The Carers Centre is a local charity supporting people who look after family and friends who need extra support day to day. This may be because of a disability, physical/mental illness or drug/alcohol addiction. The Carers Centre can provide support for young individuals if they need someone to talk to, help with things at home or school and provides an opportunity to make new friends.
The Carers’ Centre arranges FREE activities during weekends and in school holidays where young carers can relax, have fun and visit new and exciting places. They can also provide help with transport and care cover if needed. You can find out more about this here. Workshops, family events and support groups are also provided for carers of all ages and their families.
Can you help?
The Carers Centre is a registered charity that relies on fundraising events and activities to help build resources. If you would like to make a donation however big or small you can do so here.
Friends of Young Carers Bath and North East Somerset is a charity that was set up to raise awareness of the issues faced by young carers and to provide fundraising to support the young carers service. Please contact them if you can help in any way.
If you need help, advice and support to make caring for someone a little easier you can contact them through their website or Freephone 0800 0388 885. All our services are free.
INDEPENDENT BUSINESS- Kids of Bath
Kids of Bath is a free community website masterminded by friends Sophie and Libby. They met when their children started school in the same class and have been keeping each other’s spirits up with coffee and chat ever since. Libby is a digital marketing specialist with over 12 years experience. Since moving to beautiful Bath in 2012 she’s supported lots of independent businesses in the region and now co-owns the successful marketing agency, This is PPC. Her husband is a freelance journalist and writer and they have three children. Sophie is the founder of Bath Holistic Massage, which specialises in pregnancy and postnatal massage. She’s passionate about promoting small indie businesses, rugby and loves a bit of networking. Sophie grew up in Bath and lives here with her partner, Mark, Grandpa (95!) and three children.
Their vision was to create an easy-to-use community website where families can keep up with everything going on in Bath (and surrounding areas) and to support the wealth of amazing independent businesses in the city. Not only do they keep us locals up to date with the happenings in around Bath, they have also partnered with 5 local charities and have been raising money for them since the inception of their website. These include- Wicked Weather Watch, Bath Rugby Foundation, Off the Record, Bath Foodbank and Bath Area Play Project.
The entire website is free to use and the ladies plan to keep it that way forever! The site includes information on places to go, what’s on, a local business directory and has news and ‘Kids Free Zone’ pages which host brilliant articles written by the Kids of Bath team and their amazing band of local collaborators.
Take a look at their brilliant website to see for yourself! For more information on how to advertise with them or to ask any other burning questions you may have, you can contact Sophie and Libby via firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOMINATION- Kimberley Barfoot-Brace
We surprised Kimberley Barfoot- Brace at her work with our Random Acts of Flowers. Kim was nominated by a friend and this is what they had to say:
“She is the strongest person I know and no matter what life throws at her she stays so positive. Kim does so much for everyone including raising thousands for charity with her marathon running and triathlons and she deserves something back to say a big thank you for being just awesome.”
Kim is a self-confessed raver turned Ironman and GBR age group triathlete. She only started her athletics journey 18 months ago and her achievements already include:
2nd female in ‘City to Summit’ 2017: 15 mile run > 115 mile cycle > 26 mile run across Scotland, including up and down Ben Nevis at the end!
5th in age group at Ironman UK 2018, despite not being able to swim 9 months previously! This is what qualified her to represent GBR in long distance triathlon, but she unfortunately had to pull out of the world championships because of a fractured leg.
To keep up to date with Kim’s progress you can follow her on instagram @kimbowapwap.