Not since Neo’s leather trench in The Matrix has a fictional character’s accessory been so openly and rabidly thirsted on. Connell’s chain – a slinky, silver necklace worn by male lead (and Wonderland cover star) Paul Mescal in the BBC adaptation of Normal People – has become a terrifying internet phenomenon with 155K entranced followers on its own Instagram account, sending everyone’s collective horniness level into overdrive.
And now, at the height of the mania – deep breaths everyone – Paul Mescal has announced the chain can be yours. On his Instagram, Mescal has explained that one of his character’s iconic chains will be up for auction: “In light of ep 9 and 10 airing on BBC and RTÉ today and tomorrow, episodes that deal with mental health and suicide, I’ve decided to support @pieta.house. I’ve personally seen the amazing work this charity has done in terms of helping those in need. I will be raffling one of my chains by @roxannefirst and all proceeds will be going to pieta. Anything you can do to support will be greatly appreciated. The link to the raffle is in my bio. X”
Dublin charity Pieta House specialises in providing free one-to-one therapy for those suffering from suicidal thoughts, engaging in self-harm, or bereaved by suicide. Opening this week and running until 8 June, the raffle means the more money you donate, the more raffle tickets you’ll receive and the higher chance you’ll have of scooping the chain.
The minimum donation is €10, which will get you 10 tickets, with the maximum donation is €60. A staggering €22,447 has already been raised and there is 12 days 22 hours left on the clock.
Dig deep, people. A lot is at stake here. Enter the raffle here.