Friday, 30 September 2016

Not Another Bunch of Flowers

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I am sure most, if not all of us, will know someone or know of someone with it, has had it or has sadly passed away from what is a truly horrendous disease. I have known, in my lifetime, 4 people who have had it, two of them are still alive and they still fight it.

Not Another Bunch of Flowers is an online web shop set up by Anikka Burton to help friends and family of poorly people make thoughtful gift choices for their loved ones. Anikka herself was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 aged 33, and has had the full works of chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiotherapy, hormonal therapy and 5 operations to date. When she was first diagnosed, Anikka’s friends, family and colleagues sent so many bunches of flowers that she ran out of vases, jugs, pint glasses... until she was putting them in saucepans and anything else that would hold water! From here, Not Another Bunch Of Flowers was born.
Not Another Bunch of Flowers
Not Another Bunch of Flowers
The first thing we do as humans when someone is unwell is reach for the phone, internet or shop for some flowers.  Flowers, which are bright and beautiful instantly make people feel cheery and much better but, having friends with breast cancer, flowers are a lovely gesture, but sometimes there are other things that can also make the difference and this is why Not Another Bunch Of Flowers is such a great idea.


I know from experience that doing the simple things in life like the shopping, buying ice cubes and even doing the ironing or walking the dog were as much appreciated as the flowers but I also get that buying something other than flowers is sometimes a bit of an alien thought process. So buying an alternative present can be a difficult choice and this is where  Not Another Bunch Of Flowers helps shoppers pick out the right practical gifts for those going through chemo, such as eye masks, button front pyjamas, beanies, and all sorts of bits and bobs you would never have thought of if you hadn’t been through it yourself.



Not Another Bunch of Flowers is generally known for supplying gifts for cancer patients – due to Anikka’s personal story and the resulting PR. However,  Not Another Bunch Of Flowers  also sells general get well gifts, hospital gifts and gifts for mums-to-be and new mums.





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26 comments:

  1. What a wonderful idea. I know many people who are sadly going through treatment and these gifts would brighten their day.

    Christie x
    www.christieslifestyle.co.uk

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  2. What a lovely idea for a way to help give a gift at a time of need. I love that it helps you with ideas as it is hard to think what to buy often. x

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  3. This is such a lovely idea! I also like that they do general get well gifts. I'll have to keep them in mind for the future, but hopefully I'll never need to use their services!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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  4. I love the name "Not another bunch of flowers" and I also like the fact that they are known for supplying gifts for cancer patients :)

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  5. A business which has a motivational story behind always fascinates me. Great gifts. It will cheer up anyone going through tough time.

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  6. Oh gosh, how kind is this?! such a fantastic idea and so great of you to encourage some more coverage of it.

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  7. It's such a great idea. I love, I will share it on twitter. x

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  8. Such a great idea - breast cancer has affected my family and family friends so it's a cause I'm always happy to support and it's great to have a month dedicated to breast cancer awareness/fundraising x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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  9. Oh this is such a lovely idea to help people support loved ones through a tough time - as you say, a lot of them are things you wouldn't think of unless you'd been through it.

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  10. What a beautiful selection of gifts. I would always pick chocolate over flowers :)

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  11. This is such a wonderful idea! And how many flowers can you have? that night suit looks gorgeous xx

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  12. Not Another Bunch of Flowers sounds like a great way to find the perfect (and practical) present for loved ones. We're going to check them out!

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  13. this is an amazing shop to get gift and contribute to a great cause. thanks for sharing, I loved it x

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  14. Love the name 'Not Another Bunch of Flowers'. What a fab alternative gift service.
    And a lovely touch that they specifically provide gift choices for cancer patients, very thoughtful x

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  15. This is such a great idea! I've never been a fan of flowers and I have bad hayfever anyway! I'd love to get those 'hot doctor' chocolates xD

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  16. What a great idea. I really like the name of the brand.

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  17. This is such an amazing idea, I love those chocolates! Although not the same, when my son died I was inundated with flowers and now I tend to associate flowers with a sad time rather than a celebration. I always tell my husband not to buy me flowers and to buy me something more thoughtful instead!

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  18. A super idea, flowers are beautiful but not useful. I would rather they stay growing in fields myself. If i was in hospital I would much prefer a little gift of a magazine or a book.

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  19. This is a great idea as it's hard what to know to et people sometimes - and especially when someone is sick and may not be able to enjoy certain things!

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  20. They seem to have a good range of gifts and a lot of thought seem to have gone into what is available.

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  21. That's a lovely thought. I like the idea of picking someone up with something special and what lovely gifts too.

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  22. I really love the ethos behind this brand, and the name is just brilliant.

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  23. This is such a brilliant idea. There is something more thoughtful about buying a gift isn't there and those chocolates would bring a smile to a lot of peoples faces

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  24. Brilliant idea, it can be difficult to choose something original

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  25. What an amazing idea - I would be happy to receive any of these gifts if I were poorly

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  26. Such a fantastic idea for gifts, very original and thoughtful! :)
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