Horringer six-year-old's charity bracelets inspired by mum Lily Daly raise more than £1,000
A Horringer boy inspired to make and sell loom band bracelets after his mum was diagnosed with breast cancer has raised more than £1,000.
Ickworth Park Primary School pupil James Daly, six, taught himself to make the colourful bracelets in March when his mum Lily, 36, started treatment.
He has been taking orders for the £3 bracelets online – at www.charityloombands.co.uk – while his stall at Ickworth Park Primary School’s shopping event on Friday sold out of the bands in an hour and raised £136.
Lily said: “I can’t quite believe that it’s taken off as it has. We thought he might raise £200 if we were lucky. While people still want them we will keep it going.
“James is taking it all in his stride.”
Lily said support from businesses had been ‘lovely’, with Rising High balloons and Small Things in Life T-shirt printing among those involved.
“I also have to say thank you to so many people who have donated loom bands to James. People have been so generous. We were struggling to get hold of them but we’ve been given thousands – some were even left on our porch," said Lily. “It has been amazing and lovely to see the community spirit.”
The funds raised will be split between My WiSH charity’s Love Your Nodes fund and Sunday Suppers.
Lily is half-way through an intensive course of chemotherapy. If the treatment is successful she will undergo a double masectomy and radiotherapy. In addition, a gene mutation means Lily is more likely to suffer ovarian cancer, so she is set to have her overies and fallopian tubes removed.
James is also part of a 31-strong team called Love for Lily taking part in the Cancer Research UK Race for Life, at Nowton Park, on June 9. He has already raised £785 in sponsorship, while the team total has passed the £4,000 mark.
“I will be there cheering them on,” added Lily.
n You can also buy James’ bracelets at the Bury Free Press reception for £3 each.