Updated: Sep 21, 2021
A schoolgirl from Gateacre has raised more than £1,000 to buy PPE for front line NHS workers at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and Alder Hey by making rainbow loom band bracelets.
Lois Higgins, who celebrated her 11th birthday while in lock down a week ago, has made over 500 of the multi-coloured wrist bands and she’s been spending hours every day to meet orders as they come in.
Knotty Ash Primary pupil Lois, whose mum Louise is a cardiographer at Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital in Broadgreen, came up with the idea after making rainbow decorations for their house.
Dad Paul explains: “She started off by drawing rainbow pictures for the front windows and when we’d go on our walks, we’d always count the rainbows. Then one day she just had the brainwave to make a rainbow bracelet. Loom bands were a big craze a few years ago, she had them then but like lots of things the fad went away and they ended up being stored away, but with lock down she got them back out again."
“She didn’t tell us what she was doing, she just came and said, ‘look what I’ve made’. Her mum wore it to work on her wrist, everyone loved it and said they’d like Lois to make them one too. Louise gave a few out in work, people offered her some money and that’s when Lois came up with the idea of putting it towards NHS charities. It just snowballed from there.”
Paul says Lois has also delivered some of the
bracelets to elderly neighbors, dropping them through their letterboxes with a note saying ‘stay safe’.
“She just loves making them and it’s giving her something to really focus on while we’re all in lock down. She’s made 512 so far, and each one takes about 15 minutes so there’s been a lot of man hours gone into them.
With £1,200 already raised and more orders still coming in, Lois has done a fantastic job supporting our front line workers and we are so grateful to her for all of her hard work!