Crazes may come and go, but a 10-year-old is making the most of the latest must-buy item in order to raise funds in aid of Help for Heroes.
Loom bracelets, which are similar to friendship bracelets but consist of small coloured elastic bands, have been selling out across the country.
As the craze reached Grantham, Bethia Wright from St Vincent’s Road realised that they were a great way of fundraising for charity.
She first had the idea after suggesting to her older brother Matthew, 13, who always wears the Help for Heroes official wristband, that she could make a loom version in the charity’s colours.
Despite not having any family connection to the military, with many of her fellow students at St Anne’s Primary School having parents in the forces the cause has been as popular as the bracelets.
So far Bethia has raised £70.98 through friends and family, making 77 bracelets using 4,158 bands in the red, dark and pale blue colours of Help for Heroes.
Bethia explains: “I have made them using my fingers or my loom”, and having registered as an offical fundraiser with the charity she has until the end of August to collect as much money as possible.
The whole family has got behind the fundraising, with mum Teresa selling bracelets to friends and their children, dad Colin taking them into work and Matthew also helping to spread the craze at his school, St Hugh’s.
Teresa said: “It is quite something for a 10-year-old to decide to do. We are very proud of her.”