THE WINNING PATCH
AS SPRING ARRIVED we produced a set of four sew-on badges (you can buy them, see page 23), each reflecting an everyday action that can enrich your life. The first four were on the themes of be active, connect, keep learning and take notice.
We asked readers to design the fifth Happiness Patch, in the style of our series, on the theme of give. And you rose to the task – we had over a hundred patch designs submitted – some of our favourites are printed over the page. The winning design ‘Share with Others’ (above) by Lauren Bowers is being made into a real patch and she wins a fantastic VIP glamping festival package with The Good Life Experience (thegoodlifeexperience.co.uk). All good things come to those who wait and, if you’re a subscriber, the wait will be worth it, as we’ll be sending you one of Lauren’s patches with your September edition of The Simple Things. We’ll also be selling the ‘Share with Others’ patch online from the end of August and donating all the proceeds to The Trussell Trust, which works to end hunger and poverty in the UK by co-ordinating a 420-strong network of foodbanks, and now provides money advice and fuel banks, too. Some 13 million people live below the poverty line in Britain and the number is growing each year.
Lauren Bowers’ winning patch