BOB, was started with a push from a tragic close event and we have always wanted to give back to some of those British charities which have helped us out in the past, Artist and BOB have chosen pieces they want to include,
why we chose Refuge
Cas,( co-founder of Best Of British Boutique) is also a trustee of Lucy’s Foundation, who have asked to be linked up with Refuges site as one of the sites to give donations too, Lucy would have wanted this. if you would like to know more about this work please visit. http://www.refuge.org.uk
This is one of the campaigns we support as this tragic event was very close to us, Cas has known Lucy since she was 15, please support this campaign and help prevent it happing again, The tragic event gave Cas and Phil the push to start BOB. Stacy, Lucy;s sister is also a Artist and has
her work showcasing on BOB under her Artist name Anastasia.
Original canvas painted during the British elections 2015 acrylic on canvas.
This was one of the campaigns run by Refuge UK.
(Friday 6th February 2015), national domestic violence charity Refuge publishes a list of names to commemorate the lives of women killed in the context of domestic violence, from 2010 to 2013. Refuge is also renewing its call for a public inquiry into police and state response to domestic violence.
Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of national domestic violence charity Refuge, says:
“Two women are killed every week by a current or former partner and too often opportunities to protect them – to prevent their deaths – are missed. Refuge hears, day in day out, of police failing to arrest
photo taken by Julian Nieman
perpetrators, CPS failing to prosecute, GPs failing to share concerns, Social Services failing to investigate. This has gone on long enough. Something has to change and that is why Refuge is calling for a public inquiry into the police and state response to domestic violence.
“In recent years Refuge has been working with the families of women killed by violent partners or ex-partners to push for change and obtain justice for their loved ones who were failed when they reached out for help – women like Maria Stubbings, Katie Boardman, Sabina Akhtar and Cassie Hasanovic.
“That is why today Refuge is publishing a list of names of women who have been killed in a context of domestic violence from the start of 2010 to the end of 2013. That’s 268 names. These women are not statistics. They are real people – sisters, daughters, mothers. Women like Rachael Slack (and her two-year-old son, Auden), Linah Keza, Natasha Trevis, Christine Chambers (and her two-year-old daughter, Shania), Jeanette Goodwin, Samantha Laney, Rebecca Sessacar, Sarah Gosling, Jane Clough, Christine Lee and her daughter, Lucy Lee. The list goes on and on and on. But it must not go on any longer. We must all speak out for the dead to protect the living. Please add your name to Refuge’s petition urging the Government to open a public inquiry. #KnowHerName.”
Approaching the first anniversary of the murders of her mother, Christine Lee, and sister, Lucy Lee, Stacy Banner says:
“This time last year two women were shot dead on a farm in Surrey by a man who I had known as my stepdad: John Lowe. Their names were Christine Lee and Lucy Lee. The story was all over the press. But it wasn’t just a story to me. It was my mother and my sister – my family – cruelly taken away from me by John Lowe – a licensed shotgun holder.
“I am devastated by their loss. I cannot come to terms with the fact that they are gone and they are not coming back. My life will never be the same.
Stacy has allowed us to use this photo.
photo taken by Julian Nieman
“I knew John Lowe was dangerous and that he would kill. I told the police – more than once. Surrey police took away John Lowe’s guns. But they gave them back to him. And then he killed my family. I want answers from the police. The IPCC is investigating Surrey Police and I await the publication of their findings. I cannot comment further on this while their investigation is ongoing.
“I had heard the statistic that two women are killed every week by a partner or ex-partner. But I never thought that one week those two women would be my two women – my mum and my sister.
‘Domestic violence has to stop. It is unacceptable that so many women and children still live in fear for their lives and are so let down by the agencies designed to protect them. There needs to be a public inquiry into what is going wrong. In memory of my mum, Christine, and my sister, Lucy.’’
why we chose Last Chance.
Cas and Phil are great Animal lovers and over the years have had many rescue pets including their beloved Cuda a rescue dog from Last Chance,as and Phil are great Animal lovers and over the years have had many rescue pets including their beloved Cuda a rescue dog from Last Chance,
“The day we met her she melted our hearts, Last chance is a small Animal Charity which we feel the animals will benefit from, even thou Cuda has now gone over the rainbow bridge she still holds a special place in our hearts.”
Cas and Phil live at home with their 4 dogs and 1 cat and refer to them as their furry kids.
Cas and Phil on their wedding day with Cuda.
Last chance statement.
We rescue animals of all types, some waiting destruction in Welsh Pounds, others handed in to us for whatever reason, good or bad.
We provide medical care, food, shelter and love for them all and ultimately find them loving homes. If for any reason, things do not work out, we always take them back.
We inoculate and worm all our animals and ensure they receive any medical treatment they may require.
We also neuter as many of our animals as possible, new owners of any un-neutered animals are bound by agreement to carry out this vital task at the earliest opportunity.
Every eligible dog, cat or rabbit leaves our Rescue Centre with 4 weeks free insurance from a leading company, new owners are then given the opportunity to extend such cover by subscribing to the scheme.
Our staff are always available to advise on training or behavioural issues, and are there to assist if needed.
We operate a non-destruction policy
Why we choose the British Heart foundation
We have known several people who have benefited from the research from BHF, we felt we had to show our support, as the UK single biggest killer being heart disease in the UK how could we not.
We are the nation’s heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research.
Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer but we are leading the fight against it. Our pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.
Our work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are helping to change the face of the UK’s fight against heart disease.
A vision for a better future
Our vision is a world where people don’t die prematurely from heart disease.
Over the past months we have been reviewing our strategic approach with the help of staff, supporters and stakeholders.
Our new strategy will give us powerful focus in our fight for every heartbeat, and enable us to lead the fight against cardiovascular disease more effectively.
We’ll continue the fight through our pioneering heart research, vital prevention and survival activity and ensure quality care and support for everyone living with heart disease.
Why we choose Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity
Best of British Boutique have chosen Great Ormond Street as one of the charities they support, as they feel it touches the heart of many British
people and they also had first-hand experience of the wonderful work they do.
Cas and Phil Son was born with osteoporosis ( Brittle Bone Disease) and under the care of Great Ormond Street he has seen the specialist that have measured and helped him and the family with making supporting decisions for his future.
This is a genetic disease and Cas also has the disease at a much higher level so for the family it is important that G.O.S.H continues to help children with such medical needs