If you follow me on social media or read the Stornoway gazette you will know that I have been busy the last few months working on a candle for the charity Theirworld. This is the perfect gift for Christmas with an herbal fragrance resembling the mistletoe. The reason for ‘promise’ is it is the holiday message for the Theirworld campaigns and is available to purchase here

Theirworld is an innovative charity which helps children to fulfil their potential. Through research, pilot projects and campaigning, Theirworld is at the forefront of testing and shaping new ideas to help give children in the United Kingdom and around the world the best possible start in life.

How did this all come about you ask?

Well way back in 1997, almost 20 years ago a 15-year-old me went on a 12 month student exchange with AFS to Bolivia, South America. I was placed with the most wonderful family in the city of Potosi. This is one of the highest cities in the world at an altitude of 13,420 feet (4,090m) and has a vibrant history mostly involving the extraction of silver from the mountain that dominates most photos of the city.


I met a number of other exchange students but become firm friends with Emma from Sweden and Justin from the USA. Over the years we have stayed in touch with Emma being one of my bridesmaids. This year we all met up again in Sweden for Emma’s wedding.


So when I began making Sandwick Bay candles I sent a candle each to Emma and Justin. Little did I know that Justin worked with Gordon Brown and the candle must have found its way to Sarah Brown who ordered some candles. Sarah Brown then asked me if I would be interested in creating a candle for her charity, which I of course said yes to and so I then started on this project.

The full article can be read here in the Stornoway gazette.

Have you been on a student exchange? Where to?