Stigma-Squashing Conversations with Oliver Bonas & Cherry Healey

#TeamEve are delighted to announce a fabulous new 2-year charitable partnership with Oliver Bonas for 2017 and 2018!

Oliver Bonas are determined not only raise money for The Eve Appeal, but are committed to helping us increase awareness of gynae cancers, and the signs and symptoms that women need to look out for. The partnership is part of Oliver Bonas’ charity scheme ‘Be Kind’ and The Eve Appeal will benefit from the sale of gorgeous items including a scented fig candle, a diffuser, Limited Edition heart shaped spoons, and Limited Edition heart shaped nesting bowls, as well as in-store staff awareness raising.

However to kick the partnership off in-style we held a stigma-squashing, taboo busting event at Oliver Bonas’ flagship store on Tottenham Court Road, London – which was hosted by Eve ambassador Cherry Healey.

After sipping champagne and looking at the gorgeous products (including a book titled ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck’), it was time to gather for an hour of vagina dialogue.

Gina Coladangelo from Oliver Bonas gave a warm welcome to everyone and introduced our CEO Athena Lamnisos, who explained the importance of the awareness and fundraising that Oliver Bonas will be doing for us over the next 2 years.

Cherry kicked off the stigma-squashing conversation by asking the audience to name the 5 gynaecological cancers, which they did at an impressive speed. She then posed a perhaps less easy question; ‘who here talks to their Mum about their vagina?’ to which only 2 or 3 ladies raised their hands.

Using anecdotes and issues featured in her book ‘Letters to my Fanny’, which is about 21st Century womanhood and loving your vagina, Cherry led a wonderful and empowering evening, where a room of women spoke about masturbation, being confident in asking for sexual pleasure and explaining periods to your daughter. The event ended with a Q&A, in which Athena answered questions on topics such as the common confusion in symptoms of ovarian cancer, how often to get a smear test and the genetic testing that Eve is funding.

An evening that truly squashed many of the stigmas surrounding vaginas and gynaecological health.

If you’d like to help support The Eve Appeal, why not pop along to your local Oliver Bonas store to purchase one of the lovely Oliver Bonas gifts – where a donation of £1 / £2 will be made to The Eve Appeal from each item sold. Alternatively, pop online to www.oliverbonas.com and search for The Eve Appeal.