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Abi launches lockdown business to combat loneliness

Abi Brooke (Luxmoore, 6a) has set up a lockdown business selling hand-embroidered hearts, donating all profits to mental health charity Papyrus UK.

Customers can order a heart for a friend or family member with a personalised message as a way of connecting with loved ones during the pandemic. The enterprise has proved popular already, with over 50 orders and £300 raised in just the first three weeks.

“Initially the idea came to me as I was making one for a friend to send along with a letter I wrote,” Abi said. “I’ve always been a fan of sending little things in the post as it’s not every day anymore that a letter arrives addressed to you!

“I thought perhaps this could be a conversation opener for discussing how we are all coping during this pandemic but also to combat loneliness. I’ve had a few orders from people who are sending it to their elderly relatives who are self-isolating to remind them that they miss them and are thinking of them.”

Heartwarming for Papyrus UK

The surge in cases of depression and anxiety since the coronavirus outbreak began has been widely reported, and Abi quickly realised her initiative would be an opportunity to raise some funds for a mental health charity.

“I decided to pick Papyrus UK which works to prevent young suicide, as its helpline HOPELINE does amazing work, but also to raise awareness among my peers that there is help accessible if they need it,” she explained. 

To support Abi, you can order a heart through this order form. You can also follow her efforts on her Instagram page Heartwarming for Papyrus.

Read about Charity Fundraising at King’s here.