Schoolgirl’s loom band fundraiser to fight cancer

Taylor-Leigh Robson, who has been making loom bands and selling them to raise money for Mcmillan Cancer in memory of her grandad.
Taylor-Leigh Robson, who has been making loom bands and selling them to raise money for Mcmillan Cancer in memory of her grandad.
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A BIG-HEARTED primary youngster braved the chill to sell her crafts for charity.

Taylor-Leigh Robson, eight, didn’t let the snow and ice put her off going out and selling the loom bands to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

And she was rewarded for her dedication by doubling the £50 target she set herself.

Two years ago, the Houghton youngster was left devastated when her grandad, Keith Robson, died at the age of 53, following a battle with lung cancer.

Together with her dad, Mark Robson, 28, Taylor-Leigh took part in the Miles for Macmillan walk around Herrington Country Park last year, raising £200 for the charity.

Mum Jade Jordison, 25, said: “About a week ago she said she was going to make loom bands and sell them for £1 each to raise more money for the charity.

“Me and her dad said we would match fund what she made and she has already raised £100 herself. I’ve been out to buy her more bands.

“She is well known in the community and she has been out selling them to neighbours, friends and relatives. Even when we had a heavy snowfall at the weekend, she was still out in it with her dad delivering her bands to people.”

Jade, who lives in Otterburn Crescent, Burnside, said she and Mark are so proud of their daughter for making such an effort for the charity.

She said: “Taylor was very close to her grandad. They were always together, she spent a lot of time with him.

“She was devastated when he died and she still talks about him almost every day. That is the main reason she wants to support the charity.”

Jade said the Newbottle Primary Academy pupil is hugely aware of how important the work of Macmillan is.

She added: “Not only did the nurses visit Keith and help care for him, after he died they continued to visit the family giving much needed support to his wife.

“Taylor-Leigh originally hoped to raise about £50 for the charity, but as the loom bands are selling well she is going to keep going with them.”