Smiling & Waving: Lifestyle merchandise created to keep you looking so fine whilst helping raise money for lifechanging equipment.
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Who/what is Smiling & Waving??
Smiling & Waving is unapologetically Alastair. Named after the lyrics to David Bowie’s track Five Years that we always joked was written about him
“I think I saw you in an ice-cream parlour,
Drinking milk shakes cold and long.
Smiling and waving and looking so fine,
Don’t think you knew you were in this song.”
Alastair is an energetic and charismatic 17 year old. He loves live music, being outdoors, good food (and milkshakes) and good company. Alastair has a wicked sense of humor and a happy, laid back personality.
Alastair also happens to have Angelman Syndrome. Diagnosed by a fluke encounter with someone who paired his blonde hair, his blue eyes and his smiling and waving (flapping) with that of an individual with AS.
The Smiling & Waving brand was established in January 2020 when Alastair started handmaking badges to sell to raise money for new all-terrain wheelchair.
Since then Alastair has made over 500 badges and his store has grown into a hub for merchandise and promoting individuality. Because of Smiling & Waving Alastair has managed to fund himself not only his new all-terrain chair but also a new trike that gives him freedom, independence and strength to carry on doing what he loves, adventuring.
Alastair has now set his sights on helping others who need similar life changing equipment and has so far donated almost £200 towards fundraisers similar to ours.
UPDATE: All proceeds from this store are now being saved to create an accessible camper van for Alastair to be able to continue to travel and do the things he loves. Once completed we aim to take Alastair to Berlin in it for a memorable 18th birthday!
Please do consider purchasing one of Alastair’s items to help support those who need it most