From Catwalk to Charity Ambassador

From Catwalk to Charity Ambassador

Inspired by their son Todd’s experience, Ellen and Simon Vance never imagined how quickly their family-run charity would grow. Bandanas For The Brave now has a team of dedicated volunteers and works with over 25 hospitals across the UK and Ireland distributing a FREE bandana to children and young people with cancer.


Three-years on and they are delighted to share  top news that Northern Ireland’s next top model, Sophia Mitchell, is the charity’s new Young Ambassador! Sophia is a model with Model’s 1 London, an Instagram and You Tube Star and has recently launched her own fashion range.


Sophia was invited to host a Meet & Greet at Belfast Fashion Week’s Little Women event on 22 October in BFW Headquarters in the city centre. Sophia gave advice on staying positive, how to deal with bullying and a talk on self-confidence as part of her Meet and Greet.


Sophia explains, “I saw how difficult it was when my cousin Todd lost his hair following chemotherapy to treat his brain tumour, and then the difference it made to him when my Aunty Ellen found the perfect bandana for him. Bandanas For The Brave is a local charity and all money raised is used to purchase bandanas and support children and young people with cancer. I am delighted to be involved with this charity and hope that I can help to raise the profile of Bandanas For The Brave and also awareness of childhood cancer too”.



Ellen, founder of Bandanas For The Brave and Sophia’s Aunt says, “We are so excited to have Sophia as our Young Ambassador and we are certain that she will help to raise the profile of our charity.”


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  • A wonderful group of volunteers, their only motivation is to make a child with cancer smile. Jimmy Norman
  • Thank you for Dylan's bandana. He loves it. Amazing selfless work that you do. You're amazing x Alison Crothers
  • Thank u so much 4 travies bandana! He absolutely luvs it & so do i, I had brought lots of hats/caps 2 keep his little head warm & never even thought of bandana until I found ur page, a brilliant idea of gift 4 kiddies going through such hard times Kelly Marron
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