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Schoolgirls’ bracelets raise cash for cancer charity Macmillan

BAND AID ... Whitburn Primary School pupils Sophie Wright, left, and Faye Carlin, with wristbands they made and are selling in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

BAND AID ... Whitburn Primary School pupils Sophie Wright, left, and Faye Carlin, with wristbands they made and are selling in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

A PAIR of primary school pupils have teamed up to raise £250 for a cancer charity.

Sophie Wright decided to raise funds after her mum, Kirsty Young, was diagnosed with a malignant nasal tumour.

The nine-year-old Whitburn Village Primary School pupil teamed up with friend Faye Carlin, also nine, to make and sell bracelets.

The Year 4 pupils, at the Cleadon Lane school, raised £300 for Macmillan Cancer Trust, before being joined by classmates who sold cakes to top the total up to £350.

Ms Young, 31, of Whitburn, said: “I had to have surgery and that was followed by six weeks of radiotherapy at the Freeman Hospital and I am currently awaiting reconstructive surgery.

“Last year, we ran the Race For Life after Sophie’s grandad, Ken, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, but as I am unable to run the race this year, Sophie decided she would still like to do some fundraising.

“She bought the latest craze, loom bands, with her pocket money and started to make bracelets to sell to her friends and family members.

“Sophie was over the moon with the money she raised so took the bracelets into school and stood up in assembly to explain to everyone what she had been doing.

“Staff and pupils donated to the charity by buying the bracelets and they were so popular that her friend Faye offered to help her keep up with demand.

“Sophie insists on using her pocked money each week to keep buying the band so that she can raise as much money as possible.

“The staff at the school have been very caring and supportive of Sophie through this difficult time. I’m really thankful to them and very proud of her.”

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