With Christmas approaching, Circle K, Ireland’s largest forecourt and convenience retailer, has today announced that an exclusive range of Christmas cards, beautifully illustrated by renowned Irish designer Laura Dempsey (AKA ‘Pickled Pom Pom’), are available to buy in stores nationwide, excluding Circle K Express.
Available in Circle K stores from today, 2nd November, all proceeds from the sale of the special home-themed Christmas cards will go towards the retailer’s charity partner, the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, and for every pack sold in a Circle K store; the retailer will donate an extra €1 to Jack and Jill. The cards will also be available to purchase in Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation Charity Boutiques nationwide and on jackandjill.ie.
This is the first time that Circle K has collaborated with an illustrator on a product in Ireland and the cards will be available in a pack of 12 for €7. Co. Kildare illustrator, Laura Dempsey, launched Pickled Pom Pom in 2018, and designs, illustrates, and prints her range of cards and prints in her small home studio.
The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is an Irish children’s charity that funds and delivers specialist, in-home nursing, respite support, and end-of-life care for children from birth to six years of age who have highly complex and life-limiting medical conditions. Its mission is to empower parents to care for their child at home because there is no care like home care for a Jack and Jill child.
Commenting on the new Christmas cards, Judy Glover, Senior Market Director at Circle K Ireland said, “We are delighted to once again support our charity partner, the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, and help raise vital funds to support Jack and Jill families in communities across Ireland. From 2nd November, our customers can easily support the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation by purchasing a pack of beautifully designed Christmas cards for just €7. We are also excited to work with an Irish illustrator for the first time on an in-store product and extend our thanks to Laura Dempsey for creating a set of special designs that would be a joy for anyone to receive this Christmas’’.
Carmel Doyle, CEO of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, added, “We are so happy to partner with Circle K and Laura at Pickled Pom Pom to bring these gorgeous Christmas cards to Circle K stores across the country. By purchasing this pack of beautifully illustrated Christmas cards, you are directly supporting 400 families currently under our care and helping us to keep children with highly complex medical conditions home for Christmas, where they belong. We rely heavily on people’s generosity to fund our vital service and keep us on the road to support our families, and we would like to extend our deepest thanks to our friends in Circle K for giving customers across their network the opportunity to support us with such a magic initiative as we draw closer to the Christmas season.’’
Laura Dempsey, Pickled Pom Pom, concluded, “I am honoured to contribute in some small way to the incredible, invaluable services Jack and Jill offer, giving the gift of time to families across the country. I hope my illustrations help to spread a little joy this Christmas, while helping an amazing cause.”