This is a fairy I created specifically for a children's cancer charity called Rhiley's Smile, for their online Facebook event 'Market Night' held on November 2nd, 2018. Rhiley's Smile was started by Kim, the mother of Rhiley who died in 2015, 2 weeks after her third birthday.
The gold ribbon represents the gold ribbon of childhood cancer awareness and the gold star represents the children.
I had the artwork printed onto a large (29cm x 22cm) photo magnet by Vistaprint.
It's a glossy print and the colours printed out beautifully. I donated the photo magnet to the charity for them to sell on their Market Night and a lovely lady, Sonya Webb, bought it.
Screenshot below is from Facebook.
Via my ‘Guitars 4 Good’ project (so called as I also do music promotion) I do personalised cushions, which are aimed at providing both the physical comfort a cushion brings as well as some emotional comfort. The 4 cushions featuring Isabel, Rhiley, Phoebe Flo and Emily, I did for their respective mothers. The lovely messages I have received from bereaved mothers (and father) are absolutely priceless.
I paid for the first couple myself, but funded the cushions since by selling items I have had donated to me, as well as receiving donations from family and friends, and a fundraising gig I organised in 2017.
These are posters I created in the hopes of helping children with the psychological issues of the hair loss they are likely to experience due to their treatment.
I was creating one of my mermaids and hadn’t put hair on her and I thought how, even without her hair, she still had her pretty face, still had her mermaid tail … she still clearly looked like a mermaid. So that was how the ‘I’m still me’ characters were born.
The first three posters have been sent to the Rainbow Ward which is the oncology ward at the Noah's Ark Children's Hospital in Cardiff. The Oncology Play Specialist is going to use the posters with the children when she does play preparation around their treatment and the side effects with hair loss.
(I used the non-specific term 'illness' so that the posters could be used for hair loss caused for illnesses other than cancer, such as alopecia).
In July 2019 Kim made the difficult decision to close down the charity Rhiley's Smile. Rhiley will not be forgotten, her story features on my Guitars 4 Good website here: