21/06/2018
A new Service Provider comes on board - Refresh in Bedminster.
22 Happy Handbags delivered with a photographer from Bristol Post there to record the event!

13/06/2018  Oh My.  Oh My!!  BBC Radio Gloucestershire this morning
Brilliant conversation with Chris at Stanbook Guides this afternoon - 
They are going to support Happy Handbag in the local Stanbrook Guide books!!

07/06/2018 - Donations from Arriva Transport Solutions plus MORRISON'S CRIBBS CAUSEWAY for their numerous donations to Happy Handbag today, 4 Happy Handbags and 4 Happy Sacks to Family Haven Gloucester
16 Happy Handbags and 2 Happy Sacks to Nelson Trust Gloucester

06/06/2018 - Many thanks to St Mary's Church Potton (between Bedford and Cambridge!!!!)  and the associated Craft and Chatter Group for their many, continuous donations of handbags, items and donations to Happy Home.

31/05/2018  The Service Provider Link House, Bristol comes on board. 27 Happy Handbags (including 3 Happy Mother and Baby Bags, each containing a new knitted cardigan from Eileen in Fishponds) delivered to them today.

30/05/2018 - A very quiet May as I have been working all month. However still managed to get 60 Happy Handbags out to Nelson Trust along with 10 Happy Sacks and 3 big boxes of books!

23/04/2018
A new Collection/Drop Off Point..
Valkyrie, Hairdressers,  High Street, Staple Hill, Bristol

11/04/2018 - 20 Happy Handbags to Help Bristol's Homeless today. 193 Happy Handbags given out so far this year.
Ladies on the Bristol Streets were so pleased to see the handbag charm on each bag.
To them it shows kindness and that someone actually cares!

09/04/2018 - More Happy Handbags and Happy Bags to Nelson Trust Gloucester today,  173 Happy Handbags and 67 Happy Bags/Sacks given out so far this year.  Thanks to all who have donated!! More Happy Handbags ready for Help Bristol's Homeless

29/03/2018 - NOTICE
Some people never fail to astound me with their kindness and generosity. Very many thanks to 'Pendlebury' of Wigan by Manchester who posted down to Happy Handbags, handbags complete with products!! I wonder if they know Pamela from Manchester who also posted down handbags with products at the beginning of the year.
Whoever it is in Manchester who is spreading the word 'Thank You' from the ladies in crisis down here in the South West. Maybe one day we can get Happy Handbag set up in your area.
Thank you so, so much 'Pendlebury' and Pamela.

28/03/2018 - Donation totals now stand at 1745 bags/sacks/carriers. 
This equates to 776 full Happy Handbags now given out and numerous sacks/bags of clothing / sanitary wear and other useful items.  25 Happy Handbags (including 2 for men) given to Help Bristol's Homeless!

27/03/2018 - 2 more exciting bits of news:
i. Help Bristols Homeless is to take Happy Handbags to distribute at grass route level
ii. Iron Acton Garden Centre is now a Collection Point for Happy Handbags!!

26/03/2018...  Thank you Fishponds and Downend Rotary Club for the cheque and Zomba with Jodie for the Happy Handbags!!

22nd March - Donations stand at 1695 Happy Handbags/bags/sacks
Grand totals now given to Service Providers - 751 Happy Handbags; 449 Happy Bags/sacks 

NOTICE
 *Happy Handbag are in the process of becoming a 'Not for Profit' organisation to encourage charitable donations/grants to help us fill many more HAPPY HANDBAGS  *We are launching HAPPY BOWL!

8th March - 12 Happy Handbags plus 4 Happy bags to Nelson Trust, Swindon
plus
Nelson Trust was having a Pamper Day .. The Reiki Connection provided Head Massage and Reiki treatments to Nelson Trust Clients!

1st March 2018 - to Service Providers...
12 Happy Handbags and 12 Happy Bags/sacks to Family Haven
18 Happy Handbags to Nelson Trust Gloucester
5 Happy Sacks to Gloucester City Mission
1 car breakdown
and a partridge in a pear tree

This brings a total of 104 Happy Handbags and 52 Happy Bags/sacks in the first 2 months of this year!!

12/02/2018 20 Happy Handbags, 7 Happy Bags to Nelson Trust Swindon

11/02/2018 - Total bags given out this year, so far 80! More donations given to Family Haven and Nelson Trust in Gloucester last week.  Big consignment ready to go to Nelson Trust Swindon tomorrow.

23/01/2018 New Year starting well with 36 Happy Handbags and 10 Happy Sacks going to Nelson Trust Swindon today

END OF YEAR 2017 TOTALS
Happy Handbags  615                  Happy Bags/Sacks  387                   GRAND TOTAL  1002 

17/12/2017 Total donations now stand at 1414!!
596 Happy Handbags now given to Service Providers - including Christmas Presents!! Plus 381 Happy Bags/Sacks 

03/12/2017  The donations keep rolling in...  Very many thanks this last week to Amanda and Rachael, and the Hanham Methodist Church!!

30/11/2017 I was on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on 30th Nov explaining about Happy Handbag.  The morning show.

 29/11/2017 - Nationwide HQ in Swindon today.  Many thanks to those who bought 'mock-tails' and handbag charms, and those who participated in the tombola!

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Another amazing day (22nd November) in Tesco Extra - this time Quedgeley. I met some lovely, generous people and am just about to start unloading a very full car of donations! A few special thanks; to the ladies who donated toiletries and bags, to the 2 gentlemen who each made a monitory donation to buy products for the handbags and, after school turnout, the beautiful young girl (age 13?) and, at another time, the charming boy (again about 12/13) who I saw just walk up and put some money in the collection bucket. There are very many kind and caring people !!
Thank you all.......

Many thanks to BULLFISH CHARITY FAYRE where more donations were received.

17/11/2017 - this week!

19 Happy Handbags and 6 Happy Bags to Family Haven Gloucester

17 Happy Handbags and 6 Happy Bags to Nelson Trust Bristol

Brilliant day at Tesco Extra Swindon on 14/11/2017.

Many donations of toiletries - filled 12 Happy Handbags!!  

10/11/2017
Many thanks to recent donors especially the 2 of sleeping bags!!!

I now have about 300 empty handbags waiting to be filled!!!
Donations of tooth paste, tooth brushes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, sanitary wear, soap and anything else useful would be very much appreciated to get these bags out where they will do most good
(not sitting in one of my bed rooms!)

21/09/2017 - We have reached the 1000+ donations!!

14/09/2017 - Total donations of bags of stuff and handbags so far 961!!     
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his count is based on the number of handbags/bags and large items received.  Some bags are Happy Handbags with contents, some are without contents, some are carrier bags with items for the Happy Handbags, some are Happy Bags and some are sacks of clothing.  At Christmas time carrier bags were received containing presents!!

As at 14/09/2017 680 bags/ sacks/ Happy Handbags have been given to Service Providers!

Tesco Swindon and Tesco Quedgeley - Gloucester now on board!!  Take your donation to the pink Happy Handbag box behind the tills!

Regular deliveries (normally about every 2 weeks) are being taken to Service Providers so I will not be listing them all separately any more!

22/08/2017 Tesco Extra Swindon has started providing Happy Handbags complete with contents!   Thank you Tesco Swindon customers!

The South Glos Show Supports Happy Handbags

Look who came to visit us at the stand (August 2017) - Joel Dommett!  Thank you Joel!

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July 2017  = Nelson Trust now taking Happy Handbags and Happy Bags to their new office in Bridgewater

14/05/2017  =  Over 80 bags received in the last 2 weeks.  Very many thanks to Carpe Diem, Tesco Yate customers
and invigilators at U.W.E.

24/05/2017  =  Happy Handbag delivered Happy Handbags and Happy Bags to service provider
HVDV - Helping Victims of Domestic Violence, Wiltshire. 

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27/04/2017  =  Nelson Trust opened a new site in Bristol and Happy Handbag have provided 16 Happy Handbags!More donations from Tesco, Yate customersMore donations from Cotswold Gems - Red Hatters

30/3/17  =  14 Happy Bags + 3 Happy Handbags delivered to a new site Family Haven, Gloucester

THE FAMILY HAVEN

Helping vulnerable families to a brighter future for over 25 years 

VERY BUSY FEW DAYS

24/3/17  =  14 Happy Handbags, 3 Happy family Bags + 13  Happy Bag Ladies delivered to Nelson Trust, Gloucester

21/3/2017  =  Special request Happy Family Bag delivered to Missing Link Bristol plus 6 Happy Handbags

18/3/2017 =  8 Happy Handbags received from Chipping Sodbury Ladies Who Latte 6 very special request bags + 2 Happy Baby Bags delivered to Nelson Trust Swindon

30/3/17 - 8 Happy Handbags and 6 Happy Bags from Tesco Yate customers

15/03/2017 - 19 Happy Handbags and 4 Happy Bags from Tesco Yate customers

14/03/2017 - 20 Happy Handbags + 8 Happy bags delivered to Nelson Trust Swindon

07/03/2017  Large consignment of Happy Handbags received from Cotswold Gems - Red Hatters!

3rd March 017 - A specific request from Missing Link for a Happy Bag Baby.  

18th January 2017 - 35 Happy Handbags and 15 Happy bags delivered to Nelson Trust Gloucester 

13th January 2017 the spreadsheet count stood at 294

1st January 2017 the spreadsheet count stood at 226 entries!! 

14th December 2016 the spreadsheet count stood at 176 entries!!