Leila’s charity loom band bonanza

Leila Coates who raised �160 for Tickled Pink breast cancer charity making loom bands
Leila Coates who raised �160 for Tickled Pink breast cancer charity making loom bands
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A six-year-old girl got weaving to raise money for a charity which has helped her loved ones.

Little Leila Coates spent hours making hundreds of bright pink loom bands to help the Tickled Pink fund.

The charity supports breast cancer

Her mum Lisa Coates said: “She decided she wanted to raise money for charity and as she enjoys doing loom bands she wanted to use those .

“Her Grandmother Kathleen Sheppard suffered from breast cancer and I had a scare earlier this year so she chose the Tickled Pink charity and decided to make pink bracelets out of the loom bands.

“I do craft fairs and she came along and sold some there, she sold them to friends as well.

“She sold them for a pound each. She even had a pink tae kwon do belt.

“When she started she declared she wanted to make £100 and we thought that was a big ask and a bit worried. But she managed to pass that at her tae kwon do club. Some people paid £1 but quite a few gave £5.

“She did so well. She was getting up at 6am and making the bracelets before going to school and we are all very proud of her.

“In the end she raised £164 for Tickled Pink and we donated it through the Asda store which were collecting for the charity”

The Roseacre Academy year two pupils efforts were applauded by Neil Herdman the community life champion at Blackpool Asda.

He said: “They saw us doing one of our tickled Pink promotions and said they wanted to help. I t is a charity close to their hearts.

“Leila asked if she could raise money and we of course said yes.

“She was aiming for £100 but came to us with a grand total of £164 which I think is brilliant for a little girl working all by herself.

“We did a cheque presentation and given her a certificate for her brilliant efforts.”