Mum and son team create Sea of Smiles in a bid to net funds for not one but three local charities

Mum and son team create Sea of Smiles in a bid to net funds for not one but three local charities

by Danielle Thompson (May 2020)

A MUM and son team have created a ‘Sea of Smiles’ in a bid to net funds for not one but three local charities.

Ann Myers, 48 and her son Tom, 27, who live in adjoining homes on Moss Lane on the border of Bootle and Orrell Park, started with a tropical background on the fences and just a few brightly coloured fish cut-outs – but now have hundreds after their effort went viral when they created their Facebook page, Sea of Smiles.

The so-fish-ticated effort saw them decorate both of their homes in a bid to cast a spell for not one but three local charities – Woodlands Hospice, Zoe’s Place Children’s Hospice and St Joseph’s Hospice. They have no plans to scale back their efforts – instead, they will me adding a new game, Hook a Duck and making a new octopus that people can add their names to as well!

Ann, who works in quality and compliance, said: “These charities mean such a lot to me. My partner Andie's dad Ron spent his final days at Jospice in 2012 before he passed away from Alzheimer's disease. Woodlands helped me look after my mum June before she died at home seven years ago and Zoe's Place gave me support 16 years ago when my little girl was poorly.

“It started off as a silly thing really, I saw the tropical background when I was doing a clear-out and did a few fish to cheer up the children on our road – but then it just ended up going viral and now we have hundreds!

“We have done a raffle too and will be adding socially-distanced Hook-a-Duck games this weekend, plus more fish, butterflies, balloons and rocket ships, plus we will be creating a new octopus to decorate! The more we can raise for these amazing charities, the better!

“We will be having a Hulk painted, fighting the germ of the coronavirus! Plus my partner is making a big yellow submarine – NHS themed! Any ideas to cheer up the kids are welcomed.

“The wind is being a pain, we will have to string them back up with wire so they are tied on better this weekend, they were on previously with clear fishing wire.

“We will also be doing a socially-distanced Cupcake Day on June 13 to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society – then we will be going back to raising funds for the hospices.”

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