Shipping update

As you may be aware, there is a series of strike dates planned over the next few months which will affect the collection, processing and delivery of mail handled by Royal Mail (UK and international).
This is usually my busiest time of year with my anniversary sale always taking place through November, so I'm naturally concerned about the impact as this year has already been challenging for so many small businesses, including mine. I don't want to let down my customers!
That said, I fully support postal workers' rights to fair pay and conditions - let's not forget these were the same workers who kept us connected during the pandemic and continued to deliver our mail!
I have outlined all the dates for industrial action below. Disruption to deliveries is likely during this time, especially as the volume of parcels is always higher at this time of year.
October: Thurs 13th*, Thurs 20th*, Tues 25th
November: 2nd, 3rd*, 4th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 23rd, 24th*, 25th, 30th
December: 1st
What I'm doing to help:
🌟 My usual shipping days (Monday/Thursday) may move to the next day when there are no collections if the strikes go ahead (i.e. on the dates asterisked above)
🌟 All Royal Mail orders will continue to be sent on a tracked 48/ international tracked basis so we can keep an eye on them
🌟 There is an option to upgrade to a different carrier (UK & international). I'm adding a DHL Express option in the UK from 11th October - select this if your order is urgent (I'll despatch these within 1-2 working days). You also have the option to select DHL shipping for the EU (DHL Connect) and ROW (DHL Express) if you want a faster service during this time
How you can help:
🌟 Place your orders as early as possible, especially in advance of the "Black Friday" period - I don't offer Black Friday sales, as I have always wanted customers to shop my anniversary sale in a more "conscious" manner over the whole month, but be aware the mail network is always busiest in late November!
🌟 Select the right shipping option for your needs
🌟 Check the Royal Mail website for latest updates
🌟 Please be patient with us - this is totally out of our control 😔
🌟 Please continue to support small businesses, they need your help more than ever! 🙏🏾
Any questions please get in touch. As always, thank you for your continued support and understanding.
Love,
Natasha xo

List of charities Apothaka donated to since launch:

The Joseph School – Haiti

50% of Haitian children don't have the opportunity to attend school. The Joseph School believes that through education students will teach and empower hundreds— transforming the future of Haiti.
The money went towards health assessments & medical needs, a food programme which provides locally grown food for the students’ meals, and some desperately needed books.

DENS - Dacorum, Herts

This wonderful local charity supports and empowers those in my area that face homelessness, poverty & social exclusion, by providing access to temporary accommodation, food and provisions as well as supporting them with the development of skills and confidence to build a better future.

NHS Health heroes (Healing Hands – Hemel Hempstead & Kings College ICU staff)

Apothaka donated a number of larger hand cream samples to a local initiative in the area, Healing Hands, which gets much needed skincare products to front line NHS workers. A batch went to Hemel Hospital and in total, Apothaka has donated over 70 samples, including some to local NHS staff in Berkhamsted and to King's College ICU staff (thanks to Yasmine @peels_masks_and_scrubs who has been doing an amazing job of getting goodie bags to the wonderful staff there)

Young Minds UK

My incredible daughter raised over £1,000 for Young Minds a few years ago when she did a 5-mile run, aged 8. Given how the pandemic has affected the mental health of so many, it felt like the right choice to support Young Minds this year.

Stephen Lawrence charitable trust (now called Blueprint for all)– London

Blueprint for all (formerly Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust) works with young people and communities to create an inclusive society in which everyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity or background can thrive.

Their programmes provide inspiration, opportunities and support to talented young people, enabling them to succeed. They work with innovative organisations and businesses to address disparity of opportunity, so everyone’s talents, skills and perspectives are valued. And we empower communities across the UK to tackle inequality and discrimination for long term, sustainable change.

Incredible Brilliant Youth - London

Incredible Brilliant Youth is a fun, innovative youth organisation that was set up in July 2012 to help empower and improve the confidence of young people aged 11-30 through courses, workshops and talks on self esteem, beauty, education and employment. To date they have worked with over 2000 people across the South of England.

After the success of the IBY Complete Hair and Makeup Artist course in the Summer, all six graduates went on to paid work on photoshoots, adverts, TV shows and films. How amazing is that, especially in an industry that's been hit so hard by COVID19?!

Emergency Medical Aid for Ukraine

My Slovakian friend, Michaela Ruby is working closely with an amazing Slovakian charity ADRA which is based at the border helping with emergency medial aid purchases and transport to Ukraine. Apothaka, together with Luneia Skincare donated a proportion of sales from a collaboration to these efforts.