Tia’s Treasures began in 2011 when Tia was just 6 years old. Tia started out by creating beaded bracelets for family and friends until she soon realised that she could turn what had started out as a hobby into a fundraising enterprise calling herself Tia’s Treasures. Tia decided she would not only create bracelets but necklaces, key rings, bag charms, mobile phone charms, earrings, rings, brooches, bookmarks and magnets.
Tia began donating the proceeds from the sales of her “treasures” to CLIC Sargent and CHECT (Childhood Eye Cancer Trust) as these charities had supported her Best Friend Demi who had been battling Retinoblastoma since the age of 6 months, by the age of 8 Demi had unfortunately lost her sight in both eyes.
Tia is nearly 13 now but still just as keen now as she was back in 2011 when Tia's Treasures first began.
Over £5,000 has been raised in total for various charities, deserving causes and individuals from fundraisers they have organised and attended as well as the sales from the handmade jewellery and Tia has received a number of awards including Take a Break and 4Children Family Heroes Award for the East of England and The Beach Radio Gold Award.
The Tia's Treasures Team has grown with the arrival of Tommy in January 2016 and Toby in 2017 but unfortunately after 2 traumatic births resulted in a longer than anticipated recovery and therefore their annual fundraiser to celebrate the anniversary of Tia's Treasures didn't take place in 2016 or 2017. However Tia's Treasures were still busy putting smiles on people's faces with their Tia's Treasures Random Acts of Kindness. Gifts were distributed to those they thought needed a smile put on their faces as well as being hidden in locations local to them for people to find, the favourite being Bluebell Woods.
Tia's Treasures have supplied their local hospital James Paget University Hospital with knitted baby hats and handmade Treasures for them to sell in their League of Friends shop with all proceeds to the hospital. This was their way of giving something back after the care given when Tommy and Toby entered the world.
Tia's Treasures have also started to get involved with Norfolk Rocks which seems to be the new craze at the moment. Painted rocks are hidden all over Norfolk and even further a field for people to find and keep or re-hide, a Facebook group has been set up for members to add photographs of their rocks they've hidden and found. They thought creating some Tia's Treasures themed rocks would be another way of promoting Tia's Treasures as well as being creative and exploring the outdoors.
Tia's Treasures next plans are to update the website www.TiasTreasures.net
with a new logo and hopefully find a local venue to hold regular events where they can sell handmade Treasures and allow people to make their own for a small donation.
Tia's Treasures themed Norfolk Rocks featuring a monkey as their mascot is a monkey.