Sound idea for a totally personal gift

November 03 2014

AN INNOVATIVE, bespoke audio gift service that captures a sound portrait of people's lives and stories through their own voice is the creation of Redland resident Trish Caverly.

AN INNOVATIVE, bespoke audio gift service that captures a sound portrait of people's lives and stories through their own voice is the creation of Redland resident Trish Caverly.
VoiceGift came about after Trish sadly witnessed the death of her close friend - she became conscious that her friend's young daughter may not recall her voice.
"I started thinking about how personal and important people’s voices are to us," said Trish. "So I created VoiceGift to capture all sorts of memories - from the birth of a new baby to a landmark wedding anniversary. They make a truly unique gift for all special occasions."
Trish, who has worked in social care, as well as in broadcast media and communications, started experimenting with her friends and their children to record their words, thoughts and wishes.
"I found I loved making these VoiceGifts, and equally, people loved receiving them. The gifts are something which are timeless and can increase in value over the years, for example listening back to your five-year-old child in 20 years time."
As well as working with children, people getting married and wedding anniversaries, Trish is particularly keen to develop work with pregnant women, and older people.
"It will be interesting for the future mum to talk about life before having a child - what they like doing at weekends, what music they listen to, what books they are reading, and also their hopes for their child.
"I'd also like to capture older people's life stories, and special moments of their lives, which can be handed down to their great-grandchildren and future generations."
Trish first speaks to the customer to find out what they are looking for, she then visits their home to do the recording, and then the VoiceGift is delivered within two weeks.
Recordings are professionally edited, mixed with music and gift packaged as a CD by Trish. The receiver is then able to upload it to their computer, so they also have a digital copy.
Trish said: "I love what I do. It’s an honour to share people’s life-defining moments - it's a privilege to be making something that people invariably love."
For more information about VoiceGift, and to hear examples, visit: www.voicegift.co.uk