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Wednesday 12 October 2016

Award Winning Brighton Based Jewellery Company Donate Profits To Aid Women Survivors Of Conflict

All the profits from a new necklace designed by an award-winning Brighton based jewellery and gift company, will go to the Women for Women International (WFWI), a charity dedicated to raising awareness and funds to help restore the hope and future of women survivors of conflict.
Photo Credit: Alison Baskerville

The necklace design was inspired by a visit by Alice Rivers Cripps, the Founder and MD of Posh Totty Designs, to war torn Kosovo this summer. 

Having begun working in partnership with Women for Women International earlier this year, Alice decided she wanted to meet and engage with the women WFWI is helping face to face.

This June, she journeyed to Kosovo, accompanied by acclaimed Photojournalist Hazel Thompson, who documented the trip in photographs and a short film, which will premiere at the necklace launch party on October 19th. 

"I went to Kosovo to meet and be inspired by women affected by war," says Alice.

"I taught them a workshop on basic business skills and silversmithing. I hope in this way, I was able to inspire them too." 


The women's incredible personal stories of being refugees greatly inspired Alice. LikeVioletta, who gave birth to her first child during the war with no medical help and was forced to flee immediately afterwards, with a sick newborn. 

And Kimete, who feared for her children's lives so greatly she was forced to send them out of Kosovo on a bus alone, because there was no space for her. 

As a mother of two young boys, Alice was very moved by the memories these women shared with her. 

The welcoming hugs that Violetta and Kimete vividly remembered receiving when they finally crossed the border to safety inspired Alice to create the Share A Hug necklace. 

It symbolises a forever hug, a universal symbol of hope, love and support to refugees all over the world. 

The necklace will launch on www.poshtottydesigns.com on 17th October 2016 and will also be available to purchase from Brighton boutiques and partner websiteNotonthehighstreet.com. The sterling silver necklace is £49, Gold Plated is £69 and the Solid 9ct Gold version costs £450.

by: Mike Cobley




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