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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Friends band together to help Scarlett raise funds

A Workington girl is making loom bands to raise money in memory of her best friend’s father, who died last month.

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BAND OF HELPERS: Scarlett Morgan Brough with her mum Emma Morgan, left, Carter Norman, William Norman and Michelle Norman at Ashfield Infant School, one of the places selling the loom bands in memory of Gary Norman

Scarlett Morgan Brough, seven, of Eskdale Crescent, has spent hours twisting the coloured bands into bracelets.

They will be sold to raise money for Hospice at Home West Cumbria, which looked after Gary Norman.

Sellafield worker Mr Norman, 43, of Newlands Lane, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2011 and had chemotherapy treatment.

By November 2012 the cancer had returned and he was told it was incurable.

Scarlett said: “I wanted to do something to help remember Gary.

“Loom bands are very popular with young people at the moment so I thought it would be a great fund-raising idea.”

After Scarlett broke her wrist at a party, her mum Emma Morgan, 37, Gary’s wife Michelle, 40, and their sons William, seven, and Carter, three, joined forces to make the bracelets.

The youngsters have been friends since they started Ashfield Infant School in Workington.

Mrs Norman said: “We’ve always been honest with the children about what was going on.

“We have great memories of Gary. He was a very private person but he was great fun and he loved his family and friends.

“We wanted to give something back to the hospice because of the great support they gave to Gary, myself and the children.”

The bands will be sold from Ashfield Infant School, Christ Central Church playgroup, Planet Play and Sellafield.

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