As a magician and ex nurse, with 4 children we want to see families connect and have fun together. We are doing this by creating multi generational challenges, puzzles and games to enjoy together.
We are passionate about seeing families of all shapes and sizes connect and have fun together.
Being around The Box encourages imagination, sparks curiosity and can be frustratingly fun where adults have as much fun as children.
The first box I ever made was for a ward at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester. I saw families struggling to connect, dealing with a lot of anxiety and surrounded by illness, diagnosis and a lot of unknowns. They were in desperate need of something positive to focus on. David (Head of Curiosity -Around The Box).
The Box gave them a reason to put down their phones, it helped them forget why they were in hospital and, most importantly, it helped them remember how to laugh and have fun together
I think we all want the same things as parents, whether our children are in hospital or not. We are all looking for ways to connect and spend meaningful, enjoyable time with each other.
My wife, Alice (Co Director and Head of Togetherness) fell in love with the dream when out for a family meal and seeing me create games that we would all enjoy rather than giving the children a phone to play on . We are told that we are more connected than ever before, but then why do we often engage more with our phones than the person sat next to us? We are together, but not actually together.
Over the years, I realised that The Box isn’t just for families in hospital. It’s for all of us. So along with Alice, we made a first edition of The Box for families everywhere.
In addition, since launching, 15 UK hospitals have also been receiving boxes from generous people who have donated them under the B-FAB mission. The boxes are given to families with children undergoing medical treatment to help them have fun together.
1. Have a big dream and know where you are aiming for, but don’t be overwhelmed by the distance you have to go. Take small steps in the right direction.
2 Ask questions!
3. Surround yourself with people who intimidate you. You'll learn and grow.
4. Laughter really is the best medicine. So this isnt strictly a business tip but sometimes we have to choose joy!