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Diamond idea to help raise funds for charity

An Irish charity is proving this Christmas that diamonds really are a girl's best friend.

The Jack & Jill Foundation is launching a new line of candles inspired by iconic Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe to raise money in the run up to the festive season.

The charity is also giving shoppers the chance to win an additional prize, with two real diamond rings to be found by lucky buyers.

The sparkling rings can be found at the bottom of two of the candles which are available for €19.99 and will have buyers burning with anticipation to see if they've won a prize.


Monroe famously sang Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend in the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

The candles are available in two scents and can be bought directly by visiting www.jackandjill.ie

The fundraising initiative came from 17-year-old Amy Walsh from Newbridge, whose mother is a big supporter of Jack & Jill.

Jonathan Irwin, the CEO and founder of the charity, said the fundraising drive will go a long way to making up for the big shortfall the charity has suffered this year.

"The monies raised from the candles will support home nursing care for our 300 sick children nationwide," he said. "We're hoping that this campaign will really capture the imagination of the public.

"We want to thank the retailers already on board and urge more to join us by stocking our candle, please. It's a fantastic idea."