Your friends are fundraising. Don't miss out, opt in.



£139raised of £400 target by 9 supporters

Weʼre raising £400 to grow Forest Findings to support Fen through their recovery

19 days to go

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a new type of fundraising where you can raise funds for your own personal cause, even if you're not a registered charity.

The page owner is responsible for the distribution of funds raised.


Over the course of the last two years I slowly lost my career path, my degree as a veterinary nurse and my independence to disabling chronic migraines, fibromyalgia and M.E.
I live with my parents who are both retired and I turn 27 tomorrow. They have supported me financially and emotionally throughout my diagnoses and struggle through the difficult benefit system. I'm not sure if or when I will be successful in claiming benefits as the process is long, drawn out and the odds feel stacked against you from the start.

I have been trying my best to do what I can on my good days by selling crystals and making jewellery online through etsy, a platform that charges you fees for its use, but allows you to sell your goods to a target audience. I've grown my shop a little since I began it in 2015 but I'd like to raise the funds to make it into something that can support me better financially, by using copper electroforming equipment. This will enable me to make my jewellery to a higher standard, with less difficult input when I am having a bad pain day.

To have even a little financial independence will help me to buy aids to support my illnesses and meet friends more to combat the loneliness and isolation I've been facing. I didn't want to just crowding some money as a one off, I wanted to be able to channel that into something that I can maintain and this feels like the best way I can do it. I need a focus in my life to fight the depression this has brought.

I'll be donating any excess to an M.E. charity, as I believe there needs to be far more research into helping people like me.

Share this story



  • Fen Van Maanen3 months ago
    Fen Van Maanen

    Fen Van Maanen

    3 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Share this update to help us raise more

3 months ago

Fen Van Maanen started crowdfunding

Leave a message of support

Page last updated on: 8/5/2018 11:22 AM



  • George Bancroft

    George Bancroft

    Aug 5, 2018

    Good luck growing Forest Findings. You have all of my support.G 💜


  • Taro Falki

    Taro Falki

    Aug 4, 2018

    sending solidarity ♡


  • Anonymous


    May 24, 2018


  • Frank Thompson

    Frank Thompson

    May 19, 2018

    From your friends. More to come.

  • Nin


    May 16, 2018


  • Richard Stanley

    Richard Stanley

    May 16, 2018

    From Mum & Dad


  • Anonymous


    May 15, 2018

    Best of luck.

Fen Van Maanen

Become a supporter

Help Fen Van Maanen raise more

About the fundraiser
Fen Van Maanen

Fen Van Maanen

Report this Page

* JustGiving crowdfunders pay a small fee for our service. Find out how much it is and what we do for it.