We are thrilled to announce an exciting collaboration between Storybox NI, Acorn (a social enterprise operated by Bolster Community), and local artist, Amira McDonagh, as we come together to raise awareness of mental health and support suicide prevention. Our joint effort has resulted in the creation of a ‘candle with cause’ called Lough Neagh Dawn, a symbol of hope and positivity. For every candle purchased, £2 will be donated to local mental health charity, PIPS Suicide Prevention. This bespoke candle embodies the spirit of Northern Ireland, while promoting positive mental well-being.
About the collaboration with Acorn
Crafted with care by young adults with additional needs in Newry – we are proud to partner with Acorn to help product this candle. Acorn is an inspiring social enterprise that empowers their candle makers, fostering a sense of connection, value, and purpose within a supportive group environment. Their wonderful team pour their heart and soul into developing products whilst being supported by a skilled team of mentors and support workers employed by Bolster Community. By purchasing from Acorn, all profits from this purchase go back into supporting Acorn’s parent charity, Bolster Communities who provide practical support and assistance to individuals, families, and communities in need.
Mental Health Focus
In addition to supporting this amazing social enterprise, with every candle sold, £2 will be donated to PIPS Suicide Prevention, a vital charity providing counselling and befriending support to in need.
Beyond raising funds, our mission is to spark open conversations about mental health and well-being, aiming to reduce the stigma surrounding these issues. We believe that by sharing our experiences and supporting one another, we can create a community that promotes mental well-being for all.
PIPS Suicide Prevention Ireland Charity plays a vital role in our collective effort to support those struggling with mental health here in N. Ireland and will be our dedicated partner charity for this initiative. Their compassionate services provide counselling and befriending support to individuals experiencing or who have experienced suicidal thoughts or mental unwellness. Additionally, they extend their support to families and friends affected by suicide. PIPS offers free, confidential counselling sessions with no restrictions, as well as walk-in and telephone crisis services during their opening hours.
About the Candle
The Lough Neagh Dawn Candle is made from natural soy wax and carries a captivating scent, carefully curated to evoke the beauty of the lough during spring and summer. A harmonious blend of white musk and amber captures the freshness of the water, while the warm notes of amber symbolise the promise of a new day dawning. As you light the candle and breathe in its soothing fragrance, let its gentle glow serve as a reminder that each day brings renewed possibilities and hope.
The artwork adorning the Lough Neagh Dawn Candle has been meticulously handpainted by Amira McDonagh. Drawing inspiration from the breathtaking landscapes of N. Ireland, the candle captures the essence of Lough Neagh, a central point connecting the counties. As we know, feeling well connected to others is crucial for our mental health, physical well-being, and overall sense of purpose so we wanted this to be represented through the artwork.
We are incredibly excited to unveil this remarkable collaboration and invite you to join us in this important cause. The Lough Neagh Dawn Candles will be available for purchase on our website starting Tuesday, 27th June at 9am. We will also offer corporate gifting options for those looking to make a meaningful impact.
View and purchase Lough Neagh Dawn here. For any further inquiries, please feel free to contact Rachel at info@email@example.com.
Together, let’s shine a light on mental health and make a difference in our community.