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A shared passion for dolls’ houses

16 December 2011

Florida couple Tom and Maria Nemesi spend their time building unique dolls’ houses and then donating them to charity.

Theirs is a genuine team effort with Tom doing the building and assembling following Maria’s blueprint and his wife taking care of the interior decor, fixtures and furnishing.

Their latest creation, which took five months to make, is being raffled to raise money for local hospitals and they have already turned down a $3,600 offer for it.

In fact they have only ever sold one of their houses in thirty-five years of making them, preferring to retain complete artistic control and donating their creations to charity.

Their attention to detail is amazing and their new three-storey Victorian style house has lace curtains throughout, a red-tiled kitchen and a bathroom with gold-toned fittings and doll-sized towels.

There is even a miniature dolls’ house within the house which was made on a 1:144th scale.

When asked who they would like to see win the raffle for their dolls’ house, Maria said: "Some father who can't afford something for his daughter for under the Christmas tree, he should win it."

Dolls’ house enthusiasts raise money for charity

23 November 2011

They say charity begins at home but these days it seems to start with dolls’ houses. 

That’s certainly the case with Chester Dolls House and Miniature Club who have just handed over a cheque for £525 to the breast care unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

The money was raised from a two day exhibition they held and, according to club member, Rosemary Mason, “This is the most we have ever raised, and we were just overwhelmed with everybody’s generosity.”

Isn’t it great when you can combine an enthusiasm for your hobby with a commitment to good causes?

Lynne’s dolls’ house – a potential life saver for wild animals

8 November 2011

55-year-old Lynne Gorie, from Blackpool, is passionate about animals and has just built a dolls’ house to be raffled at the town's famous zoo in aid of a campaign to save animals in South East Asia.

What’s truly amazing about Lynne’s house is that she has only limited use of the right side of her body, having suffered a brain haemorrhage.

Not that Lynne lets this stop her.  She is an active supporter and fan of Blackpool Zoo, as well as a keen amateur photographer (of animals, naturally).

She is also no stranger to fundraising and last year raised more than £1,000 to help save tigers around the world.

Visitors to Blackpool Zoo during half term week were being given the chance to buy one of the 500 roof tiles used in the making of Lynne’s dolls’ house for £1.  Their name will be entered into a draw to win the dolls’ house and have it decorated to suit their taste.

Lynne’s zest for life puts many of us to shame and when it comes to helping animals, she’s a real tower of strength.

You can see and read more about Lynne’s house here.

The Dolls House Emporium supports Warwickshire Air Ambulance

10 November 2010

We were recently contacted by a lovely gentleman called Chris Perkins, who asked if we had any damaged houses or accessories that we no longer needed or could not sell – we were intrigued!

Chris explained that he helps to raise money for the Warwickshire and Northampton Air Ambulance and his speciality is renovating and breathing life back into old dolls’ houses.  These houses are then auctioned off, with all the proceeds going towards this worth while cause.  We were obviously more than happy to help and offered Chris one of our Junior Collection houses.  He must have worked his magic, because the house was auctioned and raised over £285.00 for the Air Ambulance.

Warwickshire and Northampton Air Ambulance is one of the most advanced in the country.  Since its launch in 2003 it has also become one of the busiest, attending over 9,000 incidents.  However, being one of the more advanced, also means it is one of the most expensive and as there is no Government or National Lottery funding available, it relies entirely on donations.  Not only does it need donations to keep operating, it also needs money to expand the service – it is aiming to become the first Air Ambulance service to run 24 hours a day and they would also like to purchase another helicopter for the southern part of the region to help reduce response times even further.

We are very proud to have helped Chris and the Air Ambulance, and we’re sure it won’t be last time!

Become the owner of a beautiful dolls’ house – and help raise money for Blythe House Hospice at the same time!

4 September 2010

Blythe House Hospice in Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, provides free, individualised, holistic care and support for anyone in the High Peak living with cancer, or other serious, life threatening illnesses.   It offers a range of day care and home-based, group or individual services to clients, their carers, family and friends.

The Hospice relies on kind donations, in all shapes and sizes, and has recently been given a beautiful 1:12th scale dolls’ house.  However, they do not have the space to display the house, nor the time to give it the attention it deserves.  Because of this they have decided to sell the house to a loving home, with all the proceeds of the sale going straight back in to the Hospice.

This stunning Georgian-styled house, which has four floors and a roof terrace on the top floor, would not look out of place on the most exclusive, stylish Parisian or London street.  The house comes completely decorated and fully furnished, so you can just sit back and enjoy the house without any mess – unless you fancy doing a bit of renovation work!

If you are interested in buying this house, or would like further information, please contact either Lucy Marsden or Rachel Damms on 01298 815388.

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