A young girl from Accrington has used her skill of making loom bans to help a local charity.
Cori Whittaker, 11, of Banbury Close in Milnshaw, saw local ward councillor Paul Cox complete a charity cycle ride in aid of Accrington Blind Society and the North West Air Ambulance following an article in the Observer a few weeks ago and contacted him to see what she could do to help.
She said: “I saw Paul in the Accrington Observer and thought I can help too.
“My mum knows some of the line dancers and asked if they would buy my loom bands and that’s how I got the money.”
Cori raised £22 and asked Coun Cox to present the money to Accrington Blind Society along with his money.
Coun Cox said: “Cori contacted me and asked what she could do to help. I suggested she made and sold loom band brackets to a local group.
“I think she then contacted the Accrington line dancing group who said they would purchase the bands.
“She then used her pocket money to buy a packet of loom bands and Cori then made the bands selling each one for a pound.”
Coun Cox cycled with his friend Ray Smith along the 127-mile Leeds Liverpool Canal route in just two days.
They started in Liverpool before stopping off in Church - the halfway point - before finishing the challenge in Leeds back in July.
Coun Cox said: “It went really well and we had a lot of fun. It’s the most I’ve ever cycled in one go.
“We both nearly ended up in the canal when we were overtaken by a speed cyclist near Barnoldswick but apart from that it all went fine.
“It has spurred us both on to think about what the next challenge could be. We are looking for something else now.”
The pair have so far raised around £450. To donate contact Coun Cox or Coun Joan Smith.