Please note that RagHeroes no longer operates as a business. It is now a not for profit community blog ran by parents for parents (since 2014). Below is information about RagHeroes and how we operated when we were a business. We felt it was necessary to keep this here to be transparent and to show the history of RagHeroes and acknowledge how we have developed.
Where it all began…
RagHeroes was founded by mum of two, Maria Albertsen. Maria is a qualified and experienced youth worker, counsellor and psychotherapist. She has worked with hundreds of children and young people from age 3 to 25 years, around a range of emotional issues including; self-esteem, confidence, family breakdown, relationships, bullying, self harm, attachment disorders, ADHD, depression and much more. Maria developed all of our dolls based on her extensive experience and knowledge into the therapeutic and emotional needs of children and young people.
Boys and dolls
When RagHeroes was first launched as business back in 2012 we wanted to challenge the concept that ‘little boys should not play with dolls’. In fact, we actively encouraged it! We believe that little boys should have a means to express and nurture their caring side and we believe our dolls promoted this. We also made dolls for little girls too and believe it is just as important for little girls to have a means to express and nurture their caring sides also. As you can see in the video below, Maria’s little boys went everywhere with their dolls! In fact, it was because of making dolls with her own sons that the idea for RagHeroes came about, everywhere they went people started asking if they could have their own doll and so RagHeroes was born 🙂
Our Mission (simply put)
“To develop a range of dolls than enable children to express and nurture their emotions, increasing self-esteem, confidence and well-being.”
~ Maria Albertsen
Saying goodbye to RagHeroes – but hello to a new future…
Everyone who had been involved with RagHeroes was sad to hear that no more dolls would be made. Thankfully everyone understood the reasons why Maria didn’t wish to grow the business, which she has explained on the home page of this website.
We are thankful that hundreds of children around the UK will continue to enjoy the dolls. Here are some images of our little heroes here:
We are also delighted to have been able to produce many custom makes for some wonderful people too. Here are some examples:
And our most popular dolls were:
We hope that you continue to follow RagHeroes as it grows and develops.
If you have any questions about the history of RagHeroes or would like to contact Maria then please do so by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you 🙂
For a full history of RagHeroes you can read more in Maria blog here.
RagHeroes – because inside every child is a hero!