Youngster dreams up ingenious fundraiser

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A kind-hearted seven-year-old is hoping to raise funds to help in the fight against cancer after hitting on an innovative scheme.

Katie Riley, from Milngavie, has a creative streak, and after four of her family were affected by cancer she decided to make and sell decorative loom band bracelets- hoping to raise £40.

The youngster is calling her fundraising ‘Charms for Cancer’, and wants to raise all the funds before going back to school.

Her dad Adam, said: “In the last two years Katie’s grandad has died from cancer, her uncle and aunt are both in remission from it and her gran has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“We are all so very proud of her. She wanted to do something to help and hit on this idea all by herself.”

Katie is hoping to sell her Charms for Cancer for £1 each and is confident she will be able to exceed her target.

Her uncle Craig Donaldson, said: “My family has been suffering from bad health issues for some time. My niece decided all on her own that she wanted to do something to help and is now selling these bracelets to raise money for cancer related charities.

“It is very humbling. She says she wants to do something so no one else has to suffer from cancer.”

Katie’s decorative loom bands are all hand made and her designs have a ribbon and a C. She has also made her own poster to promote her fundraising efforts.

Mr Donaldson added, “Her selfless actions is quite inspirational I think.

“ She has really taken this to heart and we are so very very proud of everything she has done.”

Loom bands are made by weaving coloured rubberbands together. To buy on of Katie’s bracelets go to