Wild and Wise Sisterhood Shares Part 1 of the Happy List

A List of People in Britain, Who Make Life Better For Others … What Can Be Better Than That?

The Happy List is a collection of 50 inspirational heroes and sheroes who have been selected and voted on by the readers of The Independent in Britain. These individuals have shown kindness, courage, selflessness, and love, and as you know … around here we firmly believe that these acts, no matter where they take place, create a butterfly effect that impacts the rest of the world – inspiring others to do the same.  So let’s get inspired, shall we?

(**In alphabetical order, we have chosen to showcase our sisters on the Happy List first).

1. Shamash Alidina, Rosa Connor and Victoria Johnson [L-R: Shamash, Rosa and Vicky]

London’s Museum of Happiness believes in a happier, kinder and more playful world. It’s a not-for-profit social enterprise run by Shamash, Rosa and Victoria to provide experiences that offer people of all backgrounds the chance to learn about living happier, more fulfilling lives. They organise interactive exhibitions, workshops and events to bring the science of happiness alive. One person who nominated the trio said: “In lonely London I found love, fun and a lot of new friends at Museum of Happiness. They make me happy!”

2. Joanna Bevan

As a volunteer at The Kindness Offensive, Joanna is devoted to improving life for those in need across London and further afield. Some of her achievements include running Foundation Speak Street which offers free weekly English language lessons for refugees, helping to create a sensory garden for special needs children, and organising free day trips for the elderly to museums and places of interest. Joanna is described as a ‘selfless character who is always working towards building better communities.’

3. Sarah Burrows


Sarah, from Oxfordshire, was inspired to set up Children Heard and Seen after she learnt that 65% of boys who have a parent with a conviction go on to offend themselves. The charity provides support to children of prisoners in one-to-one and group settings to help reduce the likelihood of generational offending, mental health issues and family breakdown. Activities includes creating songs to express their feelings about having a parent in prison and making scrapbooks for their loves one.


4. Emily Chalke (R) and Rachel Price (L)

This duo created Ella’s Home, Emily had the vision and Rachel helped make it happen. Ella’s Home is a safe house in London where women can recover from trafficking and sexual exploitation. Named after Ella whom Emily met and helped nearly 5 years ago, the project offers long term recovery support. Emily and team work hard to ensure the home is a welcoming place for women to live and recover until they are ready for independent living. The team also provide essential outreach and long term support to women across London who have experienced sexual exploitation and trafficking.


5. Ann Marie Cockburn

Since losing her 15 year old daughter Martha in 2013 to an accidental overdose, Anne-Marie has relentlessly campaigned throughout the UK (and internationally) for drug laws to be reviewed. Originally from Ayrshire, Scotland, and now living in Oxford, Anne-Marie regularly tells her story in order to raise awareness and to save anyone else from losing another Martha. She has written a book (5,742 Days) and a play called What Martha Did Next. She tells her story to prisoners with The Forgiveness Project’s ‘Restore’ Programme and campaigns with the charity ‘Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control’.


These are just 5 of the 50 Inductees to the 2017 Happy List “Hall of Fame”, and over the coming weeks we will be introducing you to more. Women doing their part to make the world a better place … Wild and Wise Sisterhood honours you, and welcomes you … to the Sisterhood. xo