Ladies, if you feel like buying yourself a Friday treat, or perhaps you boys need a way to get in the good books, then we’ve got the guilt-free shopping answer right here. Bekl Bracelets have just launched their Spread A Smile Campaign to raise money for Beat Bullying, the charity which works with children and teenagers across the UK to stop bullying, and which Kate Middleton is a patron of.
Just £22 can help the charity reach out to a suicidal youth before it’s too late, so with this in mind Bekl creator Becky Lovatt decided to design a special bracelet, to raise vital funds for Beat Bullying.
Becky says, “Bekl is a company founded on inspiration, motivation and positivity, so it lends itself to charity work rather well. I myself have always been involved with charity work, for example I have helped out with a lot of local hospices, and after the Sri Lanka Tsunami in 2004 I travelled out there to help rebuild a school and teach the children.
“Bullying isn’t something I’ve been directly affected by, but I think we all know someone who has been bullied at some point in their life. I want to help people find their voice and make a stand- bullying is not acceptable. If we can spread that message and help just a few people stand up, and come forward to get help, it is a worthwhile cause. Beat Bullying do a fantastic job of supporting our young people; it’s an often overlooked charity whom I feel deserve our support.”
The beaded bracelets, priced at just £2.99, are available in pink, blue and yellow, and each one carries a single smile bead. At least £1 from the sale of each bracelet goes directly to Beat Bullying.
Becky, who is just 21-years-old, founded her business last year with the original Bekl Motivational Bracelets. Made from pretty fabric scraps with motivational quotes handwritten on each, the simple-yet-effective bracelets gained an army of celebrity fans, including Made In Chelsea stars Caggie Dunlop and Gabriella Ellis.
With Bekl Bracelets well and truly established, she explains what she and her staff hope to achieve from the Spread A Smile campaign.
“We hope to not only raise plenty of money for a great cause, but also to raise awareness of bullying in general,” says Becky. “The Spread a Smile campaign aims to do exactly what it says on the tin… spread a smile. If our bracelets can help one young person or adult find the courage to come forward, and realise that everyone is on their side, I will have achieved what I set out to do. With the bracelets being so recognisable, if one bullied person can see someone wearing a bracelet and find comfort in the fact they are not alone, the campaign could provide a lifeline to them.”
You can Spread a Smile by buying your own bracelet at Beklmotivationbracelets.co.uk, and if you’re on Twitter be sure to take a picture of your bracelet and #spreadasmile.