Lighting a candle to provide support for Eilidh’s Trust

The Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust has teamed up with North Uist-based Hebridean Candles to produce unique island floral scented products to support the work of the music-based charity.

By John A. MacInnes
Tuesday, 10th November 2020, 4:26 pm
Island Girl scented candle and wax melts are helping raise funds for the Eilidh MacLeod Trust.
Island Girl scented candle and wax melts are helping raise funds for the Eilidh MacLeod Trust.

Released just in time to light up the winter months and to ignite memories of island summers, the new Island Girl scented candles and wax melts have been created to capture the spirit and character of 14-year-old Eilidh from the Isle of Barra who was a victim of the 2017 Manchester Arena attack.

The floral combination brings together Eilidh’s favourite places and is intended to reflect summer, coastal strolls and machair walks.

The Island Girl scent has been developed by Hebridean Candles with input from Eilidh’s family, the first collaboration of this kind by the family-run business. It is a blend of gorse (a smooth creamy scent with the character of coconut), bluebell (a light fresh scent often described as a green-floral) and honeysuckle (a heady floral to represent the glory of summer machair flowers).

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Candles and wax melts, made from sustainable, biodegradable and cleaner soy wax, can be bought directly from Hebridean Candles via their online shop. Candles are priced at £12 and a pack of six wax melts are £7.

All profits from the sale of Island Girl products will go to Eilidh’s Trust and help further their work with young musicians. The trust was established in 2018 and supports music education for young people, reflecting Eilidh’s own love of music as a piper with the Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band.

Robin Spratt of Hebridean Candles said: “We are excited to launch this collaboration with Eilidh’s Trust. With the close involvement of Eilidh’s family, I feel we have created a scent that captures many of Eilidh’s favourite places and reflects the beauty of her island home. We are very happy to support the work of the trust in this small way.”

Founder of Eilidh’s Trust, Suzanne White, added: “With the winter and Christmas ahead, what better way to bring some light and summer cheer to our homes than this amazing new Island Girl scent. By doing this, customers will be supporting our valuable work with young musicians. We are grateful to Hebridean Candles for creating a beautiful island floral combination that we know will appeal to many and create memories of island summers – a time of year that Eilidh loved.”