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Jamie’s bracelets give hospital a boost

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Schoolboy Jamie Watts has raised more than £150 for a children’s hospital ward to say thank you for looking after his younger sister.

The nine-year-old started making and selling loom band bracelets at his school to raise money for the Ocean Ward at Southampton General Hospital.

His seven-year-old sister Ava has been treated there for a serious heart defect which she has had since birth.

Jamie pitched his idea to his teachers at Northern Parade Juniors in Hilsea without his mum knowing about it.

With the help of his headteacher Sue Wilson, Jamie sent a letter out to parents and pupils explaining his sister’s condition and why the ward is important to them.

Jamie said: ‘It was scary writing the letter, but I told Mrs Wilson what to say and she helped with the prices.

‘I charged 50p for a single, but one person bought eight for £20, which was loads over, and I ended up making over 250 bracelets.

‘My sister was happy and my mum was surprised that I did it without her.

‘I might do raising money again for charity, I’ll probably have time in Year 6.’

Because the bracelets have been so popular, Jamie recruited his school friends to help with the production.

The money raised is being spent on getting wifi for the ward, which was made a charity two years ago.

Mum Laura said she was overwhelmed when she found out what Jamie had been doing.

‘I’m so proud of him, it was a complete mummy moment,’ she said.

‘He’s a proper little businessboy and he decided to sell loom bands because he knew they were popular and that they would sell out at the school fast.

‘We’ve been going to the ward since Ava was born and Jamie has always admired how they treat his sister and the people there are over the moon by his gesture.

‘The money will be going towards them getting wifi because there are so many kids that go there during school time, and they could be doing their homework but can’t.

‘He just wanted to help and I’m so overwhelmed by what he’s done.’

 

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