Thursday, 16 September 2021

Teacher’s gift for bringing a smile to sick children

A WOMAN has gone into business selling gift boxes for young children.

Sarah Gilbert, 34, of St Andrew’s Road, Henley, launched Box of Smiles after the positive response she received to the gift boxes she had made for friends for fun.

She used to give the Get Better Boxes containing soft toys, drawing books, rattles, bibs and other gifts to children of friends who were ill.

Now the mother-of-two makes boxes for special occasions, such as birthdays and Christmas, and has started a Facebook page advertising her wares.

Mrs Gilbert, who teaches at a primary school in Cookham, said: “My mum used to give me a shoebox full of little things to play with when I was poorly as a child. I always held that in my head and when my friends’ children were ill I made them some boxes too. I got some good feedback so I thought I’d try to see if I could take it to the next level. All the boxes I do now have things like finger puppets and stuff to entertain the children. It’s all local, nothing that’s ‘made in China’.

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