We are so excited to share our latest collection of products, 'Jessie Supports'. All products will be related to a certain charity and at least 25% of profits will be donated to that charity to help raise funding and awareness.
A bit about our chosen causes and charities
PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It is a condition that affects 1 in 10 women in the UK and is the most common female hormone condition. Symptoms of PCOS include facial hair, irregular periods, difficulties getting pregnant, weight gain, oily skin, acne and hair loss/ thinning. Women suffering from PCOS also have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels.
As a woman who has PCOS herself, I do not feel that we talk enough about the condition and it can therefore appear as an ‘invisible condition’. I feel that there is a stigma attached to PCOS, which in turn can cause us to feel embarrassed or ashamed about it. I remember growing up wondering why I had more hair than other girls and being teased about it. I actually remember as far back as primary school when I was teased for having hairy arms. It can feel quite scary to find out that you have PCOS, but I am here to tell you that you are not alone. And although symptoms of PCOS can be difficult to deal with sometimes, they are part of what makes you, YOU. And there is nothing to be embarrassed about!
The charity that we will be supporting is called, Verity. They aim to educate, support and empower women with PCOS, to improve the quality of access to and choice of treatments available, to encourage more research and to challenge stereotypes. The main reason this charity was chosen was when they used the word ‘empower women with PCOS’, as soon as they highlighted that they wanted to empower women and challenge stereotypes, we were sold. They help so many women understand more about living with PCOS and we can’t wait to help support them.
The goal behind ‘Jessie Supports’ is to raise as much money as possible for charities supporting people living with PCOS, but to also raise as much awareness as I can to show other young girls and women that there is nothing to be ashamed about. Our ovaries do not define who we are as people, and we definitely should not let them stop us from leading an amazing life. If you are reading this, just know that you are not alone and you’ve got this! My emails and messages are always open for anyone who is struggling or needs to talk. We’ve got this, girls!
Lots of love Jessie x
Cancer is a condition where cells in part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can then invade and destroy health tissue including vital organs. The NHS states on their website, that ‘1 in 2 people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime’. The most common being breast cancer, lung cancer, bowel cancer and prostate cancer.
The 2 charities that we have chosen to work with are the ‘Friends of the Cancer Centre’ and the ‘Northern Ireland Hospice’. I want to share with you the reason behind both charities. Roughly 9 years ago, my grandad was diagnosed with cancer. He was one of the healthiest men I knew and was in his late 60s. We were all so shocked but I always tried to stay positive. But sadly just under a year later, he passed away. The last part of his life he had spent in the Northern Ireland Hospice and they were amazing. They helped my grandad and our family through an extremely difficult time. I want to be able to raise money for this charity, so that they can continue to help other people and their families through tough times. They do not just work with cancer patients, they also support those going through COPD, Motor Neurone Disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia and more.
Sadly after my grandad passed away, my nanny was diagnosed with cancer. Going through this again as a family was heart-breaking. My nanny and grandad were my father-figures in life and losing them both in such a short space of time was so difficult. My nanny spent the last part of her life being cared for by her family and the amazing charity, ‘Friends of the Cancer Centre’. We were so happy with how they looked after and cared for our nanny, so I want to be able to raise money and awareness so that they can continue to help others.
‘Friends of the Cancer Centre’ work to support patient care, patient comfort and research. In terms of patient care, they strive to make sure that patients can avail of the best treatment and care available by funding vital medical staff and equipment. They aim to make a difficult time for patients and their families a little bit easier and are the leading local cancer charity funding research in Northern Ireland.
The goal behind ‘Jessie Supports’ is to raise as much money and awareness as possible for both people living with cancer and their families. If this range can help support a family through a difficult time, I will be happy. I want to dedicate ‘Jessie Supports’ to my loving nanny, Anne and my amazing grandad, David. Thank you so much for taking the time to read about their stories. They will forever be missed by our entire family. We love you both so much x
Mental Health and Suicide
One in five adults in Northern Ireland will show signs of a mental illness (Northern Ireland Health Survey DHSSPS, 2015). Symptoms of a mental health illness can include stress, anxiety, fear, panic, low mood, sadness, depression, feeling lonely, anger, hallucinations and hearing voices. (NHS)
Mental health and suicide is on the rise in Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK. Prevalence of mental illness in Northern Ireland is 25% higher than England. (DHSSPS, 2015)
The charity that we will be supporting is called ‘Mind Wise’. They deliver ‘over 30 key services to more than 1000 people affected by mental health issues every day’. They aim to raise awareness and campaign for change and to provide advocacy and advice and train workplaces to better understand and support good mental health.
Mind Wise state ‘our vision is a world where people affected by mental health issues receive the support they need to lead a fulfilling life through recovery and discovery.’ They provide services including housing, community support and day services, criminal justice services, working with young people leaving custody, early intervention support for families and children as well as support for carers and families. (Mindwise)
As well as supporting people with a mental health illness, Mind Wise also works with the carers and families of that person to help with their three essential needs such as emotional, practical and financial support.
Mental health is something that is very close to my heart, as I am sure it is close to a lot of people’s hearts, especially in the current circumstances. It is something that has a negative stigma attached to it and this can cause people to feel ‘ashamed’ or ‘embarrassed’ to talk about it. I want to use ‘Jessie Supports’ as a way of not just raising money for mental health and suicide services, but to also raise awareness and break the stigmas. We should not be made to feel any less for having a mental health illness. We need to look out for each other and show compassion, not hate and ignorance. Let’s break the stereotypes together! Love Jessie x
If you or someone you know is suffering with their mental health please contact -
Lifeline 0808 808 8000
Childline 0800 1111
Samaritans 116 123
If you are worried that you might hurt yourself or someone else, call 999 immediately or go to your nearest A&E.
Domestic violence is defined as ‘violent or aggressive behaviour within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner.’ It is one of the many forms of violence against women including rape, trafficking, sexual violence, etc. that constitute a violation of the most fundamental human rights.
‘Lockdown measures during the pandemic have increased the risk for vulnerable people in abusive relationships, as many of them are living with their abusers.’ (Crime Stoppers.Uk.Org) Domestic violence has sadly been on the rise during the covid-19 pandemic’. We want to help raise money to help support anyone going through domestic violence and abuse. We will be donating funds to Women’s Aid to help them with their services, assisting people going through abuse.
Women’s Aid is the ‘lead voluntary organisation in Northern Ireland addressing domestic and sexual violence and providing services for women and children.’ They were founded back in 1975 and exist to challenge attitudes and beliefs which perpetuate domestic violence. They aim to ‘provide refugee accommodation to women and their children suffering mental, physical or sexual abuse within the home’. They provide ‘a range of support services to enable women to rebuild their lives after leaving a violent situation and provide support services to children and young people who have experienced domestic violence’.
Always remember, domestic violence is a violation of your human rights. Everyone has the right to live without fear and threat. You also have the right to be listened to and heard, please speak out.
In an emergency call 999, or if it is not an emergency and you would prefer to stay anonymous call 0800 555 111.
You can also call the PSNI Domestic Abuse Helpline (24 hours) Northern Ireland 0800 917 1414.
Child loss and miscarriage
In 2013 in the UK, one in every 137 babies were born still born or sadly passed away in the first 4 weeks of life.
As someone who has PCOS, I have an increased risk of having a miscarriage, so this is something that is also very close to my heart. I also have close friends who have sadly experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriages. I want to use ‘Jessie Supports’ to raise money and awareness, but also to create a safe space for people going through difficult times, so that they do not feel alone.
The charity that we will be supporting is called the ‘Miscarriage Association’. They aim to provide support and information
to anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy. They have a ‘UK wide network of support group volunteers with personal experience of pregnancy loss, who can offer a real understanding. A number of pregnancy loss support groups also meet via Zoom’.
They also have set up a campaign to raise money and awareness called ‘Miles That Matter 21!’ Experts estimate that around 250,000 pregnancies end in miscarriage in the UK. That means around 21,000 pregnancies will be lost in July alone. Check out their website if you would like to join! Miles That Matter 21 - The Miscarriage Association.
Thank you so much for reading. I hope that you love the new range and that we can all work together to raise money for these causes and charities. Jessie x