The positive power of social media…. A few weeks ago on a lazy Sunday morning Nigel was scrolling through Twitter when he came across a new post from Jason Vale aka The Juice Master. Jason had posted asking his followers to bear with him as he had written a new book unlike any other he’d written before and to follow the new link for the book on Instagram. Jason at this point had sold over 5 million juicing recipe books, 1 million apps, made a movie, been on countless TV shows and owns 2 juicy retreats, one in Portugal and the other in Turkey with a third in the pipeline.
Jason’s new book is called Create Magic, he went on to explain that there were many people in the world all creating magic and that it’s not all about CNN – Constant Negative News!
Nigel has long been a fan of Jason’s, using his juicing recipes back when his dad was terminally ill. Jason’s recipes really helped Nigel’s dad get through the gruelling chemo sessions he had to endure. Sadly Nigel’s dad’s condition was too far advanced, but he is convinced that the juices certainly made a difference.
Nigel felt impelled to reply to Jason saying that he had long been a fan and that Secret Hamper were trying to create some magic of their own for the unsung heroes of the NHS with their NHS70 initiative. He included a link to a recent press article of their first delivery of 70 hampers sponsored by local businesses which were delivered to Broomfield hospital where the contents were shared to over 2500 staff.
Jason then replied to Nigel’s tweet saying that this was exactly the kind of thing he was talking about and that if Secret Hamper wanted copies of his new book Create Magic for the NHS70 hampers to DM him and he would make it happen. What happened next totally blew Nigel away. After a few messages back and forth Jason called Nigel from a café in Portugal. Jason was reading through the final draft of the book before sending it off to the publishers when he said to Nigel that he wanted to include Secret Hamper’s story in the new book!
This was totally overwhelming and led to Nigel and his eldest daughter Gracie meeting Jason in London at the YouTube HQ to record a podcast!
At the time of writing this blog Create Magic has been released and at No.1 in its category on Amazon. Nigel and Secret Hamper are in the chapter entitled The Ripple Of Magic, an apt title given what has happened from a tweet!
Order your copy HERE today and be inspired to create magic.. you may even find a Willy Wonka style Golden ticket that Jason has hidden in 2 copies of his book giving the lucky recipient a week free at one of his retreats.
Good luck, enjoy the book and thank you from the bottom of our hearts Jason x
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We’re excited to have been invited on to the Chrissy B Show on Sky191 to talk about our journey so far. The Chrissy B Show is the only TV show dedicated to mental health and well-being.
The interview with Secret Hamper founder Nigel Richardson was about what to do when facing a dilemma. Nigel had previously worked in the City for many years when an opportunity for voluntary redundancy arose. Having been in a relatively safe environment with a guaranteed wage each month and a family to support it was a tough decision to make, especially when the idea for Secret Hamper hadn’t even presented itself yet. But sometimes things are meant to be and Nigel knew that his career in the City had come to it’s natural end. As you will see from the interview, Nigel was very grateful for the time he spent in the City and the opportunities and experiences it gave him, but there was something missing. He didn’t want to get to a point in his life where he said ‘what if’.
You can watch the interview here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdGviBXAtFY&t=566s
The interview is the first 12 minutes of the show
We hope that this may help inspire some of you to face any dilemmas you may have.
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On Saturday 1st September Secret Hamper attended our 3rd PupAid event in Primrose Hill, London.
PupAid is now one of the world’s biggest anti-puppy farming events which is in it’s 7th year in London. This years event was made extra special after PupAid founder and TV vet Marc Abraham spent over a year campaigning and visits to Westminster to launch #LucysLaw campaign to bring an end to puppy farming.
On the 22nd August it was reported in the national press that this ban will be implemented by DEFRA in the next few months. This landmark announcement would be the first major step to tackle puppy farming that the UK’s ever seen. Huge congratulations to Mark, his PupAid team, volunteers and celeb supporters.
This year we took our own pooch along for the day, Betsie the Beagle. Betsie has had a tough start to life as a couple of months ago, aged just 10 months she was struck down with an aggressive form of meningitis. Fortunately our vet was on the case early on and along with advice from Marc, Betsie was diagnosed quickly at the Small Animal Trust in Newmarket.
The flipside is that Betsie now has 18 months of chemotherapy ahead, but we are sure with a nutritious diet and plenty of love she will make a full recovery.
Betsie met lots of familiar faces at the event and even entered herself into a couple of competitions, one of which was Childs Best Friend where she came in 5th place, well done Bets!
We supplied a prize for the Best in Show category which was presented in our gift box range which contained organic healthy treats from Waggie Tails Gourmet Dog Treats, a bottle of Pawsecco and some toys. We also presented Marc with one of our personalised gin gift boxes to celebrate his successful event, hard work and recent announcement with #LucysLaw.
We can’t wait until next years event, who knows, we may even see you there!
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