A caring Sherard Primary School pupil wanted to make a loom band as tall as a house to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Eight-year-old Eva Sutton came up with the idea herself and, after speaking to her parents and teachers, collected sponsorship from family and friends and at the school.
One of Eva’s relatives, whom she knew as ‘uncle Ian’, died from cancer about a year ago and her grandma, Anne, who lives in Melton, came through her own battle after being diagnosed with cancer of the womb 10 years ago.
Anne, who got the all clear five years ago, said: “I’m so proud of Eva, she’s such a caring and grown-up little girl.
“We were sitting at the table talking about the schools’ non uniform day and what she was going to wear when she just said ‘I want to raise money for Macmillan Cancer. I want to make a really big loom band and get people to sponsor me to make it.’ She got her loom bands out and started to make it straight away.
“It gives you a lump in your throat. She said ‘we’ve got to raise money because the Macmillan nurses need money for looking after people sick with cancer and for research.
“I think some of Eva’s friends made loom bands and attached them to hers. I did a quick tot up on Monday and she’d raised just under £70.”
This money is set to be added to what the school raised from its vintage Macmillan coffee morning and non school uniform day on Friday.
Pupils donated between 50p and £1 to wear casual clothes and were asked to wear something green to show their support for Macmillan. Cakes were made and donated by parents, with some pupils also making cakes after school helped by parent volunteers.
The school has raised more than £400. Assistant headteacher Helena Blumfield said: “We’re really pleased to have raised so much.
“A couple of weeks before Eva came to me about her loom band idea I did an assembly about Macmillan. A lot of the children put their hands up to say their lives had been affected in some way by cancer."
See pages 24 and 25 in this week’s Melton Times for a Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning round-up.