The launch of a new ‘self improvement’ book has brought two of Northern Ireland’s National Lottery millionaires together to help raise money for bereaved families who lose a loved one abroad.

Derry-based inventor Anne Canavan struck lucky five years ago when she scooped £1M on EuroMillions, a win that enabled her to pack in her housekeeping job and focus on her real passions of inventing and writing.

Now a book project she’s involved in is hoping to raise some much-needed funds for The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust (KBRT), a charity founded by Newry couple Colin and Eithne Bell, who themselves were very worthy and popular winners of £1M on EuroMillions in June 2017.

Former teacher Colin Bell and his wife Eithne, a retired nursery school worker, founded The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust in June 2013 after their 26-year-old son Kevin tragically lost his life in a hit-and-run accident in New York.  The difficulties they experienced in bringing his body back home prompted the couple to set up the Trust, to alleviate the financial hardship for bereaved families repatriating the bodies of loved ones who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances back to Ireland. 

Seven years later, The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust has now helped repatriate the bodies of almost 1,000 people from across the island of Ireland who have died overseas. 

Sadly, the services of the KBRT were called upon this summer following the death in Australia of a close friend of the daughter of fellow lottery winner, Anne.

Anne said, “During lockdown, a close friend of my daughter sadly passed away in Australia and we heard how difficult a time his family were obviously having, trying to organise the return of his body with all the red tape involved, on top of dealing with their grief.

“I recalled meeting Colin and Eithne at a National Lottery winners’ event, hearing their own tragic story and learning about the incredible work they do with The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust to help families in these most awful of circumstances.   

“So I passed on this information to the family who contacted the Trust – and in stepped Colin and Eithne to provide what I can only describe as amazing support to the bereaved family.  We got goosebumps as we watched donations come in and heard about the relief for the family.  It really was amazing,” she added.

The next chapter

As a result of her experience, Anne nominated KBRT as the worthy beneficiary from pre-launch sales of a new book entitled ‘BELIFE or BELIEF’, in which she has contributed a chapter. 

Led by six-time best-selling author Donna Kennedy, the book features 20 empowering real-life stories about overcoming adversity from 20 contributors, including Anne. 

All contributors were asked to nominate a charity and, much to her delight, Anne’s selection of KBRT was chosen as the sole beneficiary to receive all pre-launch profits from book sales between now and the official launch on November 5th.

“I’m so thrilled,” said Anne.  “Words really cannot describe the help and relief that KBRT provides to families in Ireland.

“To provide this service, which in my view is priceless, requires a lot of donations and financial assistance, so I’m delighted that KBRT has been selected as the chosen charity for the ‘BELIFE or BELIEF’ book.

“It’s funny how life works sometimes,” she added, “I would never have met Colin and Eithne had we not been lucky enough to win the lottery, and now through meeting them I’ve been able to help a family friend in need and hopefully more people by raising some money through the book.”

Speaking on behalf of The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, Colin Bell said,  “We are very grateful to Anne for including us in her thoughts and nominating us as a beneficiary from her book project.  We really need all the money we can get to continue doing what we do for bereaved families across Ireland.

“Unfortunately we know first-hand what it’s like to lose a loved one abroad so we were happy to be able to help her friend during the summer and to take some of the burden from the family’s shoulders during a terribly difficult time. 

“That’s why we set up the Trust,” he added, “to keep Kevin’s name alive and leave a lasting legacy that will help other families who are experiencing loss as we did.”

The ‘BELIFE or BELIEF’ book is available to pre-order for €14.99 at www.donnakennedy.com/books.  All profits from pre-orders of the book (up until Thursday November 5th) will be donated to The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.    Anyone who buys three books will also receive a free two-hour live group workshop online with author and mentor Donna Kennedy.

More information on The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust can be found at www.kevinbellrepatriationtrust.com.

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NOTES TO EDITOR:  The following pages contain more information on author Donna Kennedy and her new book ‘BELIFE of BELIEF’.  For further information, please contact Michael Rafferty of Duffy Rafferty Communications on michael@duffyrafferty.com. 

 

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ABOUT ‘BELIFE or BELIEF’

BELIFE or BELIEF is a collection of empowering stories for life transformation, led by 6-times bestselling author Donna Kennedy with a foreword by multi-billionaire John Boyle (founder of BoyleSports).

In this book you will learn from 20 real people, including John and Donna, who share their life experiences and lessons, with the aim of helping you to navigate life in the world as we know it today, so you can become the best version of yourself despite it.

No matter what you have been through or what you are going through, with the right information and attitude, life can become so much more meaningful and enjoyable – even in the face of adversity and challenge. A must read for anyone who wants to excel and be empowered!

Each of the authors have embraced challenges of their own but all have gained a huge amount of valuable wisdom along the way, information that can help you create the life you want and deserve. 

Topics include:

  • Dealing with Fear. How to get a fearless mindset in a panic situation.
  • The pressure of losing a business, becoming homeless and having suicidal ideation.
  • How your environment can lead to abusive behaviour.
  • Trying to juggle, family, work and life during Covid.
  • How to deal with pressure from banks when you just can’t pay.
  • Alcoholism.
  • Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. First drink taken at age 8.
  • Sexual assault leading to anorexia and a week to live.
  • Going from wearing cardboard in your shoes to becoming a millionaire.
  • Living with dyslexia.
  • Suicidal thoughts post family bereavement.
  • Relationship difficulties and learning to stand on your own.
  • The unspoken effects of menopause.
  • Bullying in the workplace.
  • Decluttering a busy mind.
  • Creating a plan of action for life.
  • The importance of self-care.
  • Becoming confident, despite what’s going on around you.
  • Arriving in a country with no English. How to survive and thrive.
  • Overcoming sexual assault and becoming a strong successful businesswoman.

 

Authors: Donna Kennedy, Pat Slattery, Pete Lonton, Hugh Hegarty, Ken Falconer, Vivian McKinnon, Therese O’Connor, Patrick Dillon, Tanya Cannon, Karen Fleming, Anne Canavan, Joan Byers, Heather Lundy, Christopher Wojnar, Sharon McNulty, Nadia Buju, Christina McGonagle, Ed Martin, Jackie Mallon, Veronica Bodano.

All pre-order profits go to The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

ABOUT DONNA KENNEDY

Donna Kennedy is a six-times bestselling author, highly sought-after professional speaker, psychologist, and mentor.

She regularly features in media as an expert in the areas of personal development and her work has been endorsed by many well-known personal development leaders and multi-nationals, including Bob Proctor (The Secret), Brian Tracy (Goals/ Eat That Frog), Mark Victor Hansen

(Chicken Soup for The Soul), Pat Slattery (Entrepreneur), Google, Boston Scientific, and ENET, to name but a few.

She established her first business at age 23 and turned over €1 million in the first year. Her work has been used and referenced by several leading organisations to train staff and market product.

Her academic work has also been recognised and published internationally by various faculties, including The American Journal of Psychology and The Irish Psychological Record.

Amazingly, at one point in Donna’s life she was afraid to cross the road on her own. She had several difficult challenges to overcome in the first half of her life but, having overcome them, she has proven that no matter what your circumstance, with the right approach and right strategies anything is possible!

She has taught her strategies to thousands of people worldwide and continues to positively impact people with her no-nonsense authentic caring approach.

 

What they said about Donna:

“Listen to this girl, she knows what she is talking about!”

Bob Proctor (teacher in the book/movie, The Secret)

“You are going to thank me in your prayers for recommending her to you.”

Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for The Soul book series)

“I have been privileged to speak with Donna Kennedy.”

Brian Tracy (Eat That Frog)

“Donna’s talk in Google was extremely well received. We had a great turn out and found her content to be very strong!”

Google, European Head office