On Wednesday 20th March we benefited from the inaugural Pop-up & Shop event. It was the brainchild of the indefatigable Claudia Salem, who organised, curated and masterminded this fabulous event on our behalf.

Located in the beautiful setting of Chandos House, an elegant Georgian town house in Marylebone, it was the ultimate shopping pop-up experience. A coffee cart greeted shoppers as they arrived, and Press gave out delicious Turmeric shots inside. 

There were 22 stalls selling everything from beachwear and candles, to luxury jewellery and kids’ clothes. A big thank you to all the brands who donated 20-25% of their proceeds to Spread a Smile, raising over £4,000.

There was also an insightful Wellness talk given by Yalda Alaoui of Eat Burn Sleep. She addressed a group of over 50 guests about inflammation and how diet can influence health. Her talk was very well received and we are so grateful to Yalda who donated all proceeds from ticket sales to us, raising an amazing £2,750.

Raffle tickets were also sold on the day by the Spread a Smile team with the assistance of the lovely Lielle, Mia and Sadie, aged 9, whose energies persuading guests to part with their cash were invaluable! Between raffle tickets and the sale of donated toys, a further £3,000 was raised.

The atmosphere on the day was vibrant and buzzing, and we were overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity that made it such an unqualified success. Thank you so much to Claudia for producing such a wonderful event for us and for all those who came along and supported on the day! It is certainly going to help us spread so many more smiles.

Photos credit: Belle Imaging