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In the spirit of giving for the festive season, Kilkenny has teamed up with the Simon Community to run a Christmas gift wrapping service across their stores nationwide from December 1 until Christmas Eve.

The home of Irish craft and design will be accepting donations for the complimentary wrapping service and will match every cent raised before being donated to the Simon Community. The much-needed funds raised in each Kilkenny store will be donated to the nearest Simon Community to help those in need locally.

Speaking about the partnership, Marian O’Gorman, CEO of Kilkenny Group said, “We are delighted to be working with the Simon Community this year for our Christmas appeal. Homelessness is a major problem in Ireland at the moment and the Simon Community need as much support as possible during the festive season. The work that they do is invaluable and so worthwhile which is why we have chosen them as our partner this festive season.”

The Simon Community support over 11,000 men, women and children across Ireland. With almost 50 years of experience providing homeless, housing and treatment services to people facing the trauma and stress of homelessness, Simon’s door is always open for as long as they are needed.

The money raised from Kilkenny’s gift wrapping will go towards supporting services such as homelessness prevention, housing support, street outreach, homeless specific health and wellbeing services, personal development, food banks and drop-in centres.

Brian Ingarfield, Head of Fundraising and Communications for The Simon Community said, "We are extremely grateful to be chosen as Kilkenny’s charity this Christmas. Their generosity will have an important impact on the people who are relying on us each day. This fantastic initiative will support our vital homeless services around the country."



“There just aren’t enough hours in the day,” is a phrase we mutter far too often. It feels like we are busier than ever and the pressure to have a lively social life can sometimes take over, resulting in you attending every social event you’re invited to.

Finding the perfect balance is tricky, but it can be worth it and extremely necessary. One thing we should all try to do more of is volunteering.

Volunteering is the perfect way of giving back to those in need. The Me Too movement showed us just how many women suffer from sexual assault on a daily basis. As women we should try to support one another in whatever way we can.

If you’re hoping to volunteer then one very important Irish charity could do with a helping hand. The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre have issued a call for volunteers.

They need people, who are over the age of 25, to help with their 24-hour helpline. They are also looking for people to assist victims on visits to court, Garda stations and hospitals.

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre explained that volunteers are extremely valuable to their service. In 2016, their 99 volunteers accompanied over 260 survivors of sexual violence to sexual assault treatment units, to court and Garda stations.

Volunteers will be given extensive training by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre team.

If you want to find out more about volunteering you can call 01 6614911 or email the organisation.

Visit their website for more information on how you can donate and support the hard-working organisation.




He’s widely known for his playboy persona on E4’s hit reality show Made in Chelsea, but since becoming the focus of a steroid scandal last year, Spencer Matthews seems to have adopted a new way of life.

Appearing on This Morning today, the 27-year-old television personality explained how his shock departure from the 15th series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here inspired him to become more involved in the Michael Matthews Foundation, a charity named after his older brother who died aged 22 after becoming the youngest British person ever to climb Mount Everest.

“The Michael Matthews Foundation was made to help provide children in remote areas with an education, who without a helping hand wouldn’t have had an education at all,” explained Spencer.

“My brother passed away about 18 years ago and the foundation was set up shortly afterwards because we want his name to live on in a nice way.”

Offering a synopsis of the events leading to Michael’s death, the foreign exchange broker said: “He experienced some difficulty [while descending Everest].  The weather took a bit of a turn.  We all knew the risks.”

“I was only ten at the time which is why the foundation has been going a little while but I’m getting far more involved with it now…I’m keen to take the charity to the next step.”

Back in May, Spencer spoke candidly about his brother on Loose Women when he told the panel that he thinks of Michael’s determination at times when he is struggling.

In his autobiography, Confessions of a Chelsea Boy, Spencer noted how a lack of information surrounding his brother's death continues to devastate the family. 

Final image: michaelmatthewsfoundation.org