Hello, we're LJ and Friends!
We'd love to release the first collection of our patches celebrating all kids and the unique journeys they are on. Fundraising and volunteering has always been close to our heart, but in 2017 we were on the receiving end of charity support when our first child was admitted to the NICU with a brain injury sustained during birth. Once we were home with LJ, we started raising money and making care packages to help other NICU parents. The patch project started bouncing around in our heads when we couldn't find what we were after for our kids' backpacks (we love a cool patch or pin!). We would love to share our ideas and do some good at the same time. Every child deserves to be celebrated for the magical being they are!
Initially we will be producing six designs, with plans for more if successful (we have lots of ideas!). We're always open to suggestions of what you'd like to see. 50p from each patch will go to a small charity or a family fundraising for their child, these designs do good and look good!
Any profits made from these patches will go towards the next set of designs, so that we can help even more families!
This is a preorder, and patches will be manufactured once the goal has been achieved. We will keep you updated on progress!
All patches will be woven, 6 x 6 cm, with iron on backing. Slight changes may be made to designs in the production process.
Inspired by the cooling blankets used to treat babies with HIE (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy), this patch raises funds for Peeps, a UK based charity supporting families affected by HIE. Visit www.peeps-hie.org for more info on the charity!
(image is a round patch with a white and grey circle background. A dark blue banner crosses the middle, with cool kid text in white and a snowflake in aqua blue. The border of the patch is the same aqua blue.)
Sick and premature babies go through a lot in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), celebrate their homecoming with this college inspired patch! A donation from each one sold goes to NEC UK, a charity supporting families affected by NEC (necrotising enterocolitis). Visit www.necuk.org.uk for more info on the charity!
(image is a round patch with a solid burgundy background. It features the text NICU in golden yellow in the style of US college sweatshirts, and the text grad in white in a calligraphy style font. The border of the patch is golden yellow.)
ON MY WAY
Life doesn't come with a map, make your own! However and wherever you're going, this patch is to celebrate you moving forward. This design raises funds for a family towards the cost of their child's therapies and specialist equipment.
(image is a round patch with a bright green solid background. It features a treasure map style dotted trail between two cross markings. The text on my way in my own way is in white, in treasure map style font. The patch has a red border.)
Every child is different, every child is wonderful. Celebrate your rare gem with this sweet bear patch! A donation from each sale will go to a family towards the costs of their child's therapies and specialist equipment. A big thank you to Sophie Ashman for the bear illustration!
(image is a round patch with a royal blue background. It features a cute bear illustration in aqua and lilac, with the words Rare Bear in white at the top, and white stars either side of the text. The border of the patch is lilac.)
MY VOICE MATTERS
All types of communication are valid, and your voice is important! This patch raises funds for The Sequal Trust, a charity that provides AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) equipment to those in need. Visit www.thesequaltrust.org.uk for more info on the charity!
(image is a round patch with an orange background. It features eight smaller circles in various rainbow colours, each containing an icon in white. The icons are an iPad, a hand, an eye, a pen and paper, a speech bubble, a switch button, pecs cards, and music notes. In the centre, the text My Voice Matters is in white, in typewriter style font. The patch has a white border.)
Sometimes you have to find a different way of doing things, show off your resilience, persistence and creativity with this futuristic inspired patch! Donations from this patch will go to a family to help with the cost of their child's therapies and specialist equipment.
(image is a round patch, with a background design of neural pathways in various shades of grey. In the middle, there is a black rhombus, with the text Pathfinder in white, in a sci fi style font. There are dotted lines with arrows on the end above and below the text. The patch has a white border.)
We hope you like the patches as much as we do! Get in touch if you have any questions, we'd love to chat. Thanks for your support!