Soap for a sweetheart

LOSING a child is one of the most painful experiences imaginable, one that a family will carry with them for a lifetime, the heartache resurfacing time and again, particularly around celebrations like Christmas and birthdays.

The Sanders family lost their darling Lulu Belle to cancer in July this year after a brief but brave battle by the highly-spirited seven-year-old when the disease resurfaced after her initial diagnoses just before Christmas last year.

Despite the extreme distress and sadness the family has endured during the year, Lulu's aunt-cum-big sister Belinda's last loving gesture to her beloved niece will ensure the memories of their cherished little girl will live on by offering a helping hand to others.

A special soap commissioned by Belinda - who owns Yamba fashion institution Belinda's Store - in Lulu's honour has been hand-crafted by boutique soap maker Patti Flynn. Belinda's brief was to capture the essence of her niece who loved to swim in the ocean and dance in her tutu.

"I thought it was a good way to do something nice in Lulu's memory... something that wasn't too negative," Belinda said.

Half the proceeds of every bar of soap will go directly to the Yamba Surf Life Saving Club, "one of Lulu's favourite places" and the Cure Cancer organisation which impressed Belinda with their young innovative team of scientists and investment directly into research. "It would be nice if no-one else has to go through something like this."

Belinda started raising funds for Cure Cancer after Lulu was first given the all-clear and since those devastating months that followed, introduced the special tribute soap which has been selling faster than she can order it.

"We sold out of the first batch of 100 in three days and the second delivery of 200 is almost all gone. We are expecting our new delivery at the end of next week."

The rose pink signature soap features white swirls lightly brushed with silver dust and its sweet scent of lavender, lime, patchouli and geranium is delightfully innocent and joyous as its pretty packaging explains.

Belinda said despite her short life her niece was wise beyond her years.

"We used to listen to classical music together and read books. Lulu preferred stories like Wuthering Heights to children's tales. She would try to steal my glass of French champagne on occasion. She had amazing insight."

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