Gorleston’s Tia, 6, inspired by best friend’s cancer battle

AFTER a long day at school most children enjoy a break watching television or some well-deserved play time.

But when six-year-old Tia Hutchinson gets home the inspirational youngster sets to work making pretty beaded creations which she sells to raise funds for charity.

Kind-hearted Tia was so moved by her best friend's cancer battle that she has turned her hobby into a fundraising enterprise.

Tia, a pupil at Herman Primary School in Gorleston, makes beautiful bracelets, necklaces, earrings and key rings to raise funds for children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

So far Tia has raised more than �100 through her Tia's Treasures JustGiving page.


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Tia's mother Lisa said her daughter began making hand-made charms last summer as a hobby and gifts for family and friends.

She also created items to sell at a fundraising event at the school in aid of the sick pupil.

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Mrs Hutchinson said: 'At the fundraising afternoon people were asked if they wanted do anything to help and I said to Tia 'you could do your jewellery' and she just said okay and it went from there.

'Tia is always busy doing something, if not card making it is jewellery making. My kitchen work top is like her own jewellery studio. She starts as soon as she gets home from school.

'She is doing this for her best friend who has sadly lost an eye to cancer and is currently undergoing further treatment. She worries about her friend a lot.'

Mrs Hutchinson, of University Crescent, Gorleston, said her daughter's efforts had really taken off.

'She calls it her business and she takes a book to school and gets orders,' she said.

'The other mums say can you make this and that. I have to help her a bit now because she has got so much to do. We are really proud of her.'

Mrs Hutchinson, who is married to Richard and has three other children Alex, eight, Adam, three, and Jamie, one, is particularly grateful to businesses that have offered Tia beads for free.

Sarah Cassie, who owns Sassie Gems in Great Yarmouth's Victoria Arcade, taught Tia how to make jewellery and has been a source of support providing her with free beads.

She said: 'I think what Tia is doing is really inspirational. When she came to me I taught her how to make jewellery and since then she has really touched my heart.'

A company called Beads Direct has also donated supplies.

To find out more visit www.justgiving.com/tiastreasures. Tia's items are also for sale at Sassie Gems in Great Yarmouth.

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