Leya ‘looms’ large!

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An Arbroath schoolgirl has put her popular hobby to good use and has raised more than £500 in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Leya Carruthers (11) raised a grand total of £511 for the charity last month after making 50 loom band bracelets in various styles, including one featuring the Cancer Research ribbon.

The Inverbrothock pupil said: “I made 50 loom bands and my Dad took them offshore and sold them and raised £511 for Cancer Research UK.

“I didn’t think I would raise that but on dad’s first night he raised £250 but I didn’t think it would be that much!

“I did about five or 10 every day so it took me a week and a half to make them all.”

Dad Norman Carruthers, a nightshift baker offshore on the BG Lomond platform, said: “The lads were all quite generous. Offshore the guys are quite appreciative of people who come out with sponsor forms and the boys always dig deep.

“We tried selling them for £1 each but the lads started putting in £10 or more each and by the time I got to the end of my shift I had nearly £500.”

Her Mum Lara Gardiner also managed to raise £50 from her co-workers at Angus Council to add to the total.

Leya and her family would like to thank everyone for their generosity, especially Norman’s offshore colleagues, who made this fantastic total possible.

The charitably-minded youngster hopes to do more fund-raising in the future, but possibly not with loom bands!