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Soap maker cleans up for Alzheimer’s

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A TEN-YEAR-OLD girl has raised hundreds of pounds for Jersey Alzheimer’s Association by selling homemade soaps and bath bombs after learning her grandfather has been diagnosed with dementia.

Sean Pontin, manager of Jersey Alzheimer's Association, Victoria Esslemont (10) and Bill Esslemont, Victoria's granddad

Victoria Esslemont has donated more than £400 to the charity after selling ‘hundreds’ of handmade soaps and bath bombs to friends, family and fellow pupils.

Her mother, Bettina, said that her daughter decided to donate to the charity following her grandfather’s diagnosis with dementia last year as the association and the work it does was now very close to her daughter’s heart.

The budding young cosmetic maker – who was recently presented with an ‘outstanding charity award’ at FCJ for her contributions to the charity – visited the offices of the Jersey Alzheimer’s Association to give them the £412 she had made and was accompanied by her grandmother and grandfather, Sheena and Bill Esslemont.

‘She began experimenting with soap making last October and then asked us to buy her a cake mixer so she could make more soaps,’ said Mrs Esslemont.

‘Once she started selling the soaps to friends, family and as well as at school, she used the profits to buy more ingredients and material, such as soap moulds and essential oils.

‘My husband has been especially touched by what she has achieved as it is his father who was diagnosed with dementia. We are both extremely proud of her and felt she deserved some recognition for her hard work.

‘What is most impressive is how she chooses to spend most of her free time making them up at home using organic ingredients that she orders herself online.’

She added that her daughter, who has just finished Year 6 at FCJ for the summer ahead of joining Beaulieu in September, has been careful to use good ingredients with ‘no nasties’ in them by using essential oils and mineral powder to add colour.

The soaps and other natural bath cosmetics are available to buy from the reception in the Jersey Alzheimer’s Association with prices ranging from 75p up to £2.50 and with all proceeds going to the charity.

Krystle Higgins

By Krystle Higgins
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