Prince’s Trust Ambassadors Kelly Hoppen MBE and Tess Daly have teamed up to create a limited edition candle, with 100% of the profits being donated to The Trust.

Trust candle

Launching for pre-sale from 21st November 2017, the candle, available exclusively on kellyhoppen.com, has been named ‘TRUST’, in connection with the stars’ support for The Prince’s Trust.

The world-renowned designer and Strictly Come Dancing presenter collaborated on the product from start to finish, choosing a scent evocative of Christmas, with notes of sweet cinnamon, pine, and clove, and together designed the luxe black and gold packaging specifically for the upcoming festive period.

The duo were inspired by a young person they met in their capacity as Ambassadors for The Trust, Jaidah Thomas. Jaidah, 24, from Thornton Heath, recently won the London and South East Ascential Educational Achiever Award at the Prince’s Trust Awards. 

Jaidah was bullied at school. She became aggressive and was expelled without being allowed to take any exams. She was sexually assaulted at the age of 15, which led to her becoming HIV positive and got into abusive relationships which affected her mental health.  She tried returning to college but lost four close relatives in quick succession. Jaidah’s behaviour then spiralled out of her control.

Jaidah said: “Joining The Prince’s Trust was the first step in making my life better. I had been through so many things and couldn’t cope anymore. I felt like I was sinking in quicksand.

The Trust allowed me to lose the labels society had given me and find myself. It’s like a fully functioning family that gives you a safe environment and empowers you not to be a product of your past, but the person you want to become. That’s all a person needs to get back on their feet.

“To be the source of inspiration for Kelly and Tess to produce a candle in aid of The Prince’s Trust is amazing.  I never dreamed that I would be able to encourage Ambassadors to give the charity additional support and help more young people have a positive future.”

Kelly Hoppen MBE said:

“There is something about working with The Trust - and the joy of meeting young people supported by the charity – that is a continual source of inspiration. Both Tess and I were compelled to contribute in our own way after hearing Jaidah’s story.

So often, The Trust is a beacon of hope for young people during a dark time – from there it was an easy decision to embody this journey by creating a candle. By donating all profits directly to The Trust, we aim to help more young people like Jaidah.

Tess Daly added:

“I have been lucky enough to meet with Jaidah several times now. Each time we have met I have been blown away by her resilience and tenacity.

Jaidah has turned her life around, is full of confidence, and studying hard to achieve her goals. To add to all of her hard work, she has also started volunteering for The Prince’s Trust as a Young Ambassador, helping the charity support more young people. I am in no doubt that Jaidah will continue to do amazing things.

The perfect gift this Christmas, the limited edition candle (only 250 available) is available through kellyhoppen.com, retailing at £26.50, with 100% of profits donated to The Prince’s Trust.