Candlemakers light up for Eilidh

Eilidh MacLeod from Barra was killed in the Manchester Arena bombing.

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Fundraisers from the Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust have teamed up with a candlemaking business of North Uist to help support its charity work.

Family-run Hebridean Candles has just launched a new range of candles called Island Girl remembering the spirit and character of 14-year-old Eilidh from Barra who was a victim of the 2017 Manchester Arena attack.

Eilidh’s family have helped work on the scent in a nod to summer strolls and machair flowers.

All profits from the sale of Island Girl candles and waxmelts will go to Eilidh’s Trust supporting its work with young musicians.

Hebridean Candles new Island Girl range

The trust was launched in 2018 in tribute to Eilidh’s own love of music and ability, and enjoyment as a piper with the Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band. The trust also upkeeps  a permanent memorial to the teenager and a garden of remembrance and reflection on Barra itself.

Robin Spratt of Hebridean Candles said: ‘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: ‘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.’