Meet the Gift Gang

Recently we have been introducing you to some of our generous gift gang. This week it’s Emily Barge from Nibble N Often. Here’s what she has to say about the business she started from scratch and her motivation to donate to Ellie’s Friends.

“Nibble N Often is a gift box full of bite sized, non-clinical snacks that can be enjoyed, as the name suggests, little and often.  Our main aim is to help people who struggle to eat, whatever illness, however our feedback suggests the boxes are particularly brilliant for those struggling with dementia or undergoing chemotherapy. 

The whole idea started when my mum was diagnosed with cancer. She went through so much chemotherapy it affected her appetite massively. We tried so hard to make her meals to her fancy but nothing ever worked. I started to leave bitesize snacks by her bedside and I noticed that as each day went by the bowl was empty. After a few days I noticed a huge difference in my mum, she felt more comfortable and I could see more life in her eyes. When mum was diagnosed with cancer I also became very poorly. I was diagnosed with anorexia. When mum died 3 years ago, I had to go into hospital as I was so underweight. After I was discharged from hospital, my dietician told me to eat little and often. Like mum, I used to snack on bitesize snacks every so often which lead to me eventually having a healthy relationship with food again. 

This is where Nibble N Often was born. Nibble N Often is a box of bitesize snacks that the customer can choose from on my website. The box is tailored to everyone’s individual needs, for instance ginger nut biscuits for someone having nausea from chemotherapy or even purees if an elderly person is struggling to digest foods. Nibble N Often is designed to be non clinical and make life less about eating because when you don’t eat, every topic of conversation seems to be about food.

It is so difficult to buy someone a gift when they’re poorly, normally flowers are thefirst choice but I hope that Nibble N Often makes gifts more enjoyable and also beneficial. The product is not just for people who are poorly but for anyoneover the age of 13 who is struggling to eat in general. Nibble N Often has been made so it reflects a little bit of light when times may feel dark. My story of how I suffered with eating and my family is also on the box to show people they’re not alone.

Ellie's Friends is dedicated to improving people's lives who have cancer. When my Mum was diagnosed with cancer, it was an extremely difficult time for her and thefamily. It definitely had a huge psychological impact on all of us. I think it's so important to have charities like Ellie's Friends who reach out to people and make them realise that they are not alone. Not only do Ellie's Friends gifts help on an emotional level they also help when money becomes tight. I don't think any of us realise how expensive hospital appointments can be and then there's the issue of not being able to work. This creates even more stress. To have a charity who helps aid this financial stress can make life so much easier and create more focus on getting better. 

I am proud of our blog. I have really tried to create posts about things that people may not feel comfortable talking about. I try and mix it up all the time to make it more interesting.”