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  • UK and USA jewellery community comes together for refugees

    I'm delighted to once again be one of more than 100 jewellers from the UK and USA to donate work to a special Facebook auction in aid of refugees around the world.

    The Auction for Aid gets underway on Monday, 18 September, and runs until Sunday, 24 September. It follows a similar auction held last year, which raised almost £25,000 for the global refugee cause.

    Proceeds from this year’s auction will go to two organisations – Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to preventing loss of life to refugees in distress at sea, and UK based NGO, Help Refugees.

    Jorinda pink tourmaline ring

    Spearheading the auction is my lovely jeweller friend,  Ghazal Ghahri-Saremi, of Soremi Jewellery.

    She remembers being deeply affected by the tragic images of the little Syrian refugee, Alan Kurdi, whose body was found washed up on a Turkish beach in 2015,” said Ghazal. Whilst it was too late to help Alan, she wanted to try and do something positive for the organisations at the frontline of this global crisis and that’s how the auction came together.

    She asked a few jeweller friends if they would be interested in donating and it quickly became clear that she wasn’t alone in how she felt about the terrible injustice of the refugee crisis. News spread very quickly within our community and jewellers began sending her emails asking how to get involved. Everyone donating pieces to the auction is trying to use their skills in an effort to effect positive change, so we really hope the public will get behind us.

    Half of the funds raised this year would go to Help Refugees’ Baytna Centre in Northern Greece. The centre, run by Help Refugees’ partners, the Refugee Trauma Initiative (RTI), provides life-changing psychosocial support and primary school education for 0-6 year old refugee children. The remaining 50-per-cent of the auction proceeds will go to MOAS, currently assisting the persecuted Rohingya people in Myanmar.

    In addition to a Jorinda ring and several Jorunn horse pieces of jewellery by myself, the auction – hosted on the Auction For Aid Facebook page – will feature the most drool worthy donations from the most amazing jewellers such as Polly Wales, Margery Hirschey, Melissa Joy Manning and Jo Hayes Ward.  Jewellery for all budgets will be available.

    All of us who took part in last year’s auction were thrilled to see so much raised, but we know we can do even better this year. With a fresh crisis developing in Myanmar and ongoing humanitarian tragedies around the world, we must do all we can to maintain awareness of the plight of refugees and continue to contribute as much as possible to the organisations working to help them.

  • CAKE

    Somehow I knew that would grab your attention!  Here in my little workshop, I am fortunate enough to work with the most amazing home-bakers.  When I heard about the Macmillan Coffee Morning, I thought that it was about time that we shared their talents with the rest of Orkney.

    Macmillan provides an invaluable service for those facing or affected by cancer, giving excellent care and a warm welcome when it’s needed the most.  It is a charity run organisation which has NO government support and so relies entirely on the generous donations and support of the public.  With 1 in 3 people affected by cancer it is an essential service that this charity provides. They need our support to continue, and fundraising events such as this raise huge amounts of essential funds.

    My team bake the best cakes! My team bake the best cakes!

    So, this Saturday we will be hosting our very own Macmillan Coffee Morning in my little jewellery shop in Dounby.  The kettle will be on all day and there will be an abundance of home-bakes on offer. We are all working hard to help raise as much money as we can for this very worthy cause and I will be making a donation to Macmillan for every jewellery sale made in the shop on the day.  In addition, the generous local Dounby businesses have donated gifts to make up a charity raffle (who doesn't love a good raffle?!).

    If you can't make it to the event there are still ways which you can support Macmillan:

    SHOP ONLINE:  a donation will be made to Macmillan for every jewellery sale made on my website this weekend.

    TEXT: text code BUN 4JVD to 70550 to donate £5*.

    I hope that we can make this a fabulous day and raise those valuable much needed funds x

    (*Texts cost £5 plus network charge. Macmillan will receive 100% of every £1 donated in this way. Obtain bill payer’s permission. Text STOP to 70550 to opt out from future communications from Macmillan.)



  • Auction for Aid

    Whilst Orkney is bathed in sunshine, swallows blissfully darting around the skies and rabbits are hopping around the fields, it's hard to understand the pain and suffering that is happening to the natives of another country a few thousand miles away.

    I sometimes try to imagine having to leave my home with only a few belongings, on foot fleeing hundreds of miles to another country hopefully with my loved ones, but it really is unimaginable.

    So what can we do?   Well I've become one of more than 60 jewellers from throughout the UK to donate work to a Facebook auction in aid of refugees in Europe and the Middle East.

    Auction for Aid Auction for Aid-British jewellery community getting together to raise funds for the refugee & migrant crisis

    The Auction for Aid gets underway today (Monday, 19 September) and runs until Sunday (25 September). It follows a smaller auction held last year, which raised over £10,000 for the refugee cause.

    Thumbelina birthstone ring up for auction Thumbelina birthstone ring up for auction

    There are some really STUNNING pieces that you could treat yourself to without a guilty conscious knowing that all money raised will be going to  an incredibly worthy cause.  included in the sale is my Thumbelina birthstone ring, my mineral cuff links and a Whimberry Orion pendant (lots 101-103).

    So what are you waiting for?  Head over there now and get bidding!


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