Gifts Today magazine

Signed Helmet for Village Candle's 'Patriot' Paul

Presentation made after Xystos duo place winning bet

Paul Aldrich (shown above with his wife Sally), president of leading US candle manufacturer Village Candle, is used to backing winners.

So, it would have been unthinkable for two representatives of Xystos – Village Candle’s UK and Ireland distributor – to ignore his advice to place a bet on the New England Patriots to win Sunday’s Super Bowl final clash with Atlanta Falcons in Texas.

They didn’t. Director Tom Sykes and UK sales manager Des Docherty each put £30 on the Patriots to win – which they did, in overtime.

And while Tom and Des won’t be able to retire on the proceeds, they repaid Paul’s faith in his team by presenting him with a New England Patriots’ football helmet – bought from Football America UK on a neighbouring Spring Fair stand – and signed by themselves, managing director David Lewis and the rest of the Xystos team.

Comments Paul: 'I told the guys that I was going to be delayed coming over to the show as the Patriots had made it to the Super Bowl final – and I advised them to put a bet on my team. I’m pleased that they did. I watched the match on TV, but myself and my wife Sally (president of ecommerce for Village Candle) were a little nervous about the outcome.

'It was extremely thoughtful of the Xystos team to buy the helmet and sign it, and as Patriot fans we are both delighted and will treasure it.'

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