Friends band together for charity

Nine-year-old Allan Pearson made and sold loom band bracelets to raise money for his friend Oscar Crowther, who was diagnosed with cancer back in January.
Nine-year-old Allan Pearson made and sold loom band bracelets to raise money for his friend Oscar Crowther, who was diagnosed with cancer back in January.

A kind-hearted youngster used the latest craze to raise hundreds of pounds for charity after his friend was diagnosed with cancer.

Allan Pearson made and sold hundreds of loom band bracelets to raise vital funds for cancer charities, when his friend Oscar Crowther, 13, was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

The thoughtful nine-year-old, who became friends with Oscar at the Todmorden skate park, decided to help when he saw that Oscar, a pupil at Todmorden High School, was raising money to fund a chill out room for teenagers undergoing cancer treatment at St James’ Hospital.

Allan’s mum Donna said: “I was just flicking through facebook with Allan sat next to me when I saw that Oscar was fundraising.

“He wanted to do something to help and he asked me if he thought he would be able to raise some money by making loom band bracelets.”

Orders began flying in for the bracelets and eventually, Allan had raised £250.

“He used to make a massive lot, he’d then sell them, make some more and then sell those,” Donna added.

“For him to sit and do something like that is amazing. Myself and his family are so proud of him and I’d like to thank everyone who bought a bracelet.”

While Allan was making the bands, the fundraising target for the chill out room was raised so the money will now be donated to Eckersley House - a place where families can stay when a child is undergoing cancer treatment at Leeds General Infirmary.

Oscar’s family stayed at the house, run by The Sick Children’s Trust, for eight weeks while Oscar underwent radiotherapy earlier this year.

He will now receive immunotherapy until the end of the year.

Speaking about Allan’s fundraising efforts, Oscar’s mum Charlotte, said: “It was a really kind thing to do, he’s a lovely little boy and a credit to his family.”