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The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust will be the beneficiary of a new ‘self improvement’ book that has brought two of Northern Ireland’s National Lottery millionaires together. The book was inspired by the authors first hand experience of the incredible work done by KBRT following the death of a close friend of her daughters.

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.

Kevin and Eithne Bell with Author Anne Canavan.
Kevin and Eithne Bell with Author Anne Canavan.

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.

Worthy Beneficiary

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.”

Keeping Kevin's Name Alive

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  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.

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 will go to The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust

More information on The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust can be found at WWW.KEVINBELLREPATRIATIONTRUST.COM

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