Ruby's Christmas Decoration Fundraiser

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Welcome to Ruby's Christmas Decoration Fundraiser in aid of: 

The Brain Tumour Charity, UK.

Ruby is 12. Both her uncle and her best friend are, and have been, deeply affected by this terrible disease. Frustrated at being unable to help in more practical ways, Ruby has decided to try and raise some money instead.

An avid crafter, she has created four, unique, hand-stitched Christmas decorations, pictured above. This single set of four can be shipped internationally via FedEx as well as by Special Delivery within the UK, upon payment by the winning bidder, so that they can be with you in time for Christmas. 

They will be presented in the cute, Christmas gift box as featured on the additional photos on my Twitter account: @ORachaelO.

Guaranteed to bring brighten up yours, or a loved one's tree this yuletide season, why not treat yourself, whilst doing something excellent for charity at the same time?

If you are outbid, you could consider donating to The Brain Tumour Charity via the link above. Just go to 'Pay in your fundraising' and flag it as "Ruby's Christmas Decoration Fundraiser". 

A short note from me, Rachael Prior, Ruby's mum...

Normally I'd have something vaguely witty or pithy to say in my attempt to lure your debit/credit cards out of your pocket and support this charitable endeavour by my daughter. I will confess, I am not quite myself this Christmas. I can't quite summon the requisite seasonal pep or succinctly compelling blurb.  I feel like a lead weight, consumed by worry and concern for the well-being of my brother-in-law, my sister, and their two boys, who are 8 and 10 respectively. 

Watching them try and cope with this disease over the last 18 months has been harrowing and heartbreaking. If it has felt like this from the sidelines, I can't even begin to imagine what it has been like for them in the eye of the storm. 

This auction is Ruby's idea. Well, to be honest, she wanted to make these items and try and sell them at school for 50p each. Me being me, and with enough outstanding, kind-hearted followers on Twitter to make her efforts count for much more financially, we have decided to auction them publicly. 

It has taken her 5 days to make them, in between school, homework and chores. They are honestly very well made. No glue. All stitched, even in some places with invisible thread. They are made with felt, embroidery thread and stuffed with non-allergenic synthetic fibres. They will last for years, as long as you keep them properly wrapped between seasons of goodwill. 

I hope you will show her that the world is not such a terrible place, and that when you put out goodness into it, it can come back to you ten-fold. 

If you can't bid (and times are tough, and responsibly-farmed turkeys are the price of a deposit on a small flat), then please share as far and wide as you can, on all your social media platforms and especially with your rich aunties. 

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  • All monies raised from this auction will go to The Brain Tumour Charity, minus Jumblebee's 2.5% fees for hosting this free auction service. Jumblebee have kindly reduced their fee by half for this auction. 
  • The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumors,  the biggest cancer killer in people under 40 in the UK. 
  • They fund pioneering research to find new treatments, improve understanding, and increase survival rates.
  • They raise awareness of the symptoms and effectors of brain tumours, which can be devastating, to reduce diagnosis times and make a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families. 
  • They provide support and information for any affected to improve the quality of their life. 
£ 400
Ruby's Christmas Decorations
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