Annabel Du Boulay & The Avalon Rose Chapel®

Since founding her company Belashka Ltd, publishing her women’s rights novel The Serpent’s Tale and launching her first website in 2009, Annabel Du Boulay has been committed to raising awareness and charitable funds, especially in relation to Women’s Rights, Mental Health, Disability and Rural/Indigenous Communities.

Annabel Du Boulay and The Avalon Rose Chapel® are trading names of Belashka Ltd. All funds raised by Annabel’s and the The Avalon Rose Chapel®’s not-for-profit events are processed without charge by Belashka Ltd and donated each year via The Big Give to our chosen charities.

Below you will find a list of charities, campaigns and projects that Annabel and The Avalon Rose Chapel® have previously supported and currently support

We are very grateful to those of you who have kindly donated over the years, and look forward to welcoming those of you who would like to join us for our future not-for-profit online Events, which you can view via the link below.

Header photo of Annabel Du Boulay with her children Sophia and Zac, both past patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, with Randolph & Jennie Churchill from The International Churchill Society

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children

£10,838 raised since 2020 for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital via Annabel's disabled son Zac Du Boulay's JustGiving Page

This is the speech I won joint FIRST place for out of over 600 entries globally in the ‘Inspire Like Churchill’ competition run by the International Churchill Society (https://winstonchurchill.org), which donated my $5000 prize money to my nominated charitable organisation Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, who have looked after both me and my sister, and where I had a 10 hour pioneering operation in January 2019 to give my paralysed face a smile.

I set up this fundraising page to try to raise even more funds for GOSH Charity as they need our help to “battle this crisis” (please see below).

You can watch my film or read my speech below:

“Hi, my name’s Zac Du Boulay. I’ve been fighting for my life since I was born because I couldn’t breathe, eat, speak or smile. I have spent a lot of time living in isolation in hospital and at home.

If I caught COVID-19, I would probably die, so I am staying at home and keeping healthy so that I can stay alive, because I don’t want to die and I don’t want the people who love me to feel sad.

Things that have helped me to stay happy at home when I’ve been ill are doing fun things with my family, playing games and speaking to my friends.

It’s also important to talk about the things you’re worried about and to ask for help.

When I’m scared, I pray to the angels and that helps to make me feel safe.

I’ve nearly died so many times but I’m still here today to make this speech to those of you who are feeling scared and having a hard time.

Before we had to go into lockdown, I sometimes felt too scared to leave the house because I’m scared of crowds and of people bullying me for being different, but I just have to believe in myself and be brave.

I hope everyone stays safe. I hope that disabled people stay alive and healthy. And if you have the virus, I hope you get better soon.

If I win this speech competition, I want to donate the prize money to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children to say thank you to all the doctors and nurses who have looked after me there, and who are now risking their lives to take care of all the high-risk children like me with COVID-19.”

Please consider making a donation to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity so that they can keep caring for children like me

“The need for the charity to support the hospital in delivering the very best in life-changing care to children with rare and complex conditions hasn’t changed because of the COVID-19 crisis or as we move beyond – the work is more important than ever to ensure there is no longer term impact on the care the hospital can deliver to seriously ill children, once the crisis is over.”

“Like other charities, GOSH Charity is facing disruption to its fundraising activities with money cancelled due to the ongoing crisis. Any support you can give will help to ensure the needs of the hospital continue to be met through this crisis and beyond, especially as those needs may change with time.”

“Please donate to help us battle this crisis.” (GOSH Charity)

Thank you so much for your support

Love Zac xxx

Disney's Children of Kindness

I have since been nominated by GOSH Charity and chosen by Disney to be 1 of their 14 ‘Children of Kindness’ from Europe and the Middle East, as part of their Ultimate Princess Celebration – a global campaign championing the qualities of courage and kindness. You can read all about their campaign and my story below.

Education of 3 Girls in Nepal

Since 2014, along with two other sponsors, Annabel’s company has been funding the education of 3 girls whose mother Poonam was widowed in Nepal, with monthly donations which are given directly to Poonam by a Swami.

The girls have been growing up beautifully over the years as you can see from the lovely photos below and one of the letters they sent Annabel.

UNSEEN

Working Towards a World without Slavery

Unseen is the UK’s foremost charity working towards a world without slavery, with its headquarters based in Bristol, the closest city to Glastonbury and The Avalon Rose Chapel®.

They run the UK Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline, support survivors through their safe houses and outreach services, offer training to businesses and statutory services, lobby the government and raise funds.

The survivors they support are all victims of labour exploitation, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, criminal exploitation or child exploitation.

Annabel Du Boulay and The Avalon Rose Chapel® have been supporting Unseen since their first Mary Magdalene Feast Day Celebration in 2019, having made the following donations to them:

  • £360 (2019)
  • £1200 (2020)
  • £4088 (2021)
  • £1672 (2022)
  • £1600 (2023)

Please follow the link below to find out more about Unseen, their vital work, and to make a donation.

Womankind

Powering Women to Change their own Lives

“Together with our partners we’re strengthening women’s movements and changing the lives of women and girls around the world. We believe every woman should be able to live without fear of violence, have a say in decisions that impact her and control her own life.”

Womankind Worldwide strengthens and supports women’s rights organisations and movements with the resources they need to challenge oppression and change the lives of women, in the home, the workplace and the communities they live in.

“Led by our partners, we build successful projects together, amplify women’s voices and share what’s working. We take collective action with women’s movements to advocate for changes to laws and policies across the world that ensure women’s rights. Together we’re pushing for a world where women and girls don’t just survive but thrive.”

“Women’s rights are human rights, yet women and girls are still denied them in every region of the world. Right now, women and girls across the world face discrimination, live in fear of violence, and have no control over their lives. The reason? Because patriarchy, a system which means women hold less power and are disadvantaged, dominates in societies around the worlds. Society views women and girls as unequal.”

“A global backlash against women’s rights is on the rise. The rights of women are enshrined in international human rights law but the power imbalances that drive inequality between women and men remain in full force.”

Annabel Du Boulay has been supporting Womankind since 2009, when they kindly provided her with the women’s rights statistics that feature in the front of her women’s rights novel The Serpent’s Tale, set at the time of the witch-burnings.

Annabel and The Avalon Rose Chapel® donated £2500 in 2020 & £600 in 2021 via The Big Give to Womankind’s project with their partner Siiqqee in Ethiopia (the birthplace of the African Black Mother Goddess who is the precursor to Inanna, Isis, Demeter, Diana, Cybele and the Black Madonna) to further establish women-led co-operatives as a space for women to gain financial independence, new skills and increased confidence and status in the community.

Please follow the link below to find out more about Womankind, their vital work, and to make a donation.

Women'sRights

At least 60,000 wisewomen were tortured and killed during the European Witch Trials (1450-1750), although some estimates are far higher. The Roman Inquisition was a system of tribunals developed by the Roman Catholic Church (or Roman Church as it was then known) during the second half of the 16th century, responsible for prosecuting individuals accused of heresy, including sorcery and witchcraft, mainly in Italy and Malta.

Although The Serpent’s Tale is set in the 16th century, the social issues it explores, such as the subjugation of women by patriarchal religious doctrines; violence against women, including abuse, rape and torture; and maternal mortality, remain endemic in our global society as the following statistics from www.womankind.org.uk (2009) reveal.

  • Domestic violence causes more deaths worldwide in women aged 15-44 than war, cancer or malaria
  • 1 in 3 women worldwide are beaten, abused or raped
  • 1 in 4 women worldwide are beaten while pregnant
  • 1 in 7 women worldwide are raped by their spouse
  • 1 woman dies every minute from pregnancy related causes, most of which are preventable
  • 5,000 women worldwide are killed in honour killings each year for ‘crimes’ such as trying to leave an abusive marriage
  • 2 million girls worldwide are forced into marriage each year
  • 6,000 girls worldwide are forced to undergo female circumcision each day

Women's Rights Organisations

Follow this link to access our Women's Rights Directory of Organisations

Project Harar

Providing cleft lip and palate treatment to children across Ethiopia

Since 2001 Project Harar has worked in the poorest and most remote areas of Ethiopia to provide access to treatment for young patients with cleft lip and palate.

“Children who live in remote areas of Ethiopia already experience food insecurities due to environmental, social and economic factors. These difficulties are heightened for those with cleft lip and palate, and these children can become dangerously undernourished.”

“Babies are often unable to suckle and may be prone to choking, making breastfeeding a near impossible task. Without corrective surgery, not only will these children face malnourishment, they often go on to struggle with further developmental barriers, such as speech and hearing difficulties.”

“Our cleft programme is delivered in Ethiopia by an Ethiopian Programme team who are experts in their field. In rural Ethiopia, children with cleft lip and palate are often hidden away by their families, unable to go to school or have friends. There is a lack of awareness that a cleft condition is treatable. Project Harar strives to break social stigma, working with community leaders and local health clinics to provide information and access to treatment for cleft lip and palate.”

This charity is especially close to Annabel Du Boulay’s heart, as her son Zac was born unable to smile or feed, with a paralysed face and cleft palate.

Annabel and The Avalon Rose Chapel® donated £700 in 2020 & £600 in 2021 via The Big Give to Project Harar.

Please follow the link below to find out more about Project Harar, their vital work, and to make a donation.

Hamlin Fistula UK

Dedicated to the treatment and prevention of childbirth injuries in Ethiopia

“We are part of the Hamlin family of charities, which was founded by pioneering surgeons Dr Reg Hamlin OBE and Dr Catherine Hamlin AC in Ethiopia. Catherine and Reg were in Ethiopia to train midwives when they first discovered the overwhelming numbers of women suffering the terrible plight of fistula, and realised that little to nothing was being done to help them.”

“They established the first Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia in Addis Ababa to help women in need.”

“We were founded in 1968 when Dr Catherine Hamlin visited the UK to speak about the devastating impact of obstetric fistula in Ethiopia at Birmingham University. Our founders Harold Burnett and Professor Hugh Maclaren subsequently established Hamlin Fistula UK to raise funds and awareness to support the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.”

“Today the organisation in Ethiopia has expanded and includes five regional hospitals, the Hamlin College of Midwives and Desta Mender, a rehabilitation centre for long-term patients. To date, Hamlin has treated over 60,000 women and all our centres are run sustainably in liaison with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health.”

“However there remain many gaps in maternal health service provision in Ethiopia and our support is vital to strengthening access to life changing care for thousands of women.”

“We believe in a world without maternal death, birth injuries or obstetric fistula, and support Hamlin Ethiopia to work towards this vision.”

The subject of maternal death has been a priority for Annabel Du Boulay since she carried out her PhD research in the 1990s on the reproductive rights of women in developing countries.

Annabel and The Avalon Rose Chapel® donated £506 in 2022 and £500 in 2023 via The Big Give to Hamlin Fistula.

Please follow the link below to find out more about Hamlin Fistula UK, their vital work, and to make a donation.

The Healing Womb

Funded Workshops for Women with Womb Wounding

Annabel Du Boulay’s art installation ‘The Healing Womb’ had its debut in 2012. Comprising of four archetypal paintings of the Mother of Loss, Mother of Solitude, Mother of Healing & Mother of Compassion, the installation hung in the sacred space of The Avalon Rose Chapel®, in which women gathered to share their stories in relation to child loss, childlessness, the challenges of mothering special needs children and pregnancy termination.

Annabel was inspired to create ‘The Healing Womb’ by her personal experience of mothering three children, two of whom were born with life-threatening syndromes, who she has nursed through 19 operations.

During the many months she lived on neonatal intensive care and paediatric surgical wards, she became aware of the depth of women’s suffering and untold stories, and wanted to create a sacred space in which they could share their stories and heal.

“I know what it feels like to face the fear of my child dying, to grieve for the child who I thought I would have, to feel all the conflicting emotions woven into caring for a disabled child.”

“I also know how lonely it can feel to lock our stories away, to not want to burden others with our pain, anger and despair, to tell a different story to the world when inside we are desperate to speak, to be heard and comforted.”

We invite you to attend one of our Healing Womb online workshops, funded by The Avalon Rose Chapel®, to be held and guided by experienced women who have journeyed deeply with child loss, childlessness, mothering special needs children and pregnancy termination, and to share your story within a compassionate circle of women.

The HealingWomb

'The Healing Womb' Art Installation comprises of 4 archetypal paintings of the Mother of Loss (Hecate), Mother of Solitude (Lilith), Mother of Healing (Brigit) & Mother of Compassion (Kuan Yin), for women with womb wounding.
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