A FLINTSHIRE child has now raised over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK by making and selling bracelets. 

Riley Thomas, from Holywell, was quizzed alongside his classmates about what their New Year's resolutions were on return to school after Christmas. 

The 10-year-old decided that he wanted to raise money for cancer research by making and selling bracelets. 

Over the last few months Riley has been busy at work after school and at weekends making the bracelets. He has had a lot of demand from residents in the area - which has seen the bracelets even placed on sale in some local shops. 

The Leader: Some of Riley's bracelets. Some of Riley's bracelets.

And after setting an initial target of £20, Riley has now raised over £1,000 for the charity. 

North Wales Police's School Police Officer, Erin Hulley, was recently invited to Riley's school, Ysgol Maes Y Felin, for its summer fair.

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PC Hulley said: “The highlight of the day for me was visiting a stall that was being run by one of the school’s pupils, Riley Thomas, who was selling handmade bracelets for Cancer Research.

“He had raised over £1,000 on the day, which is just fantastic. Well done, Riley!”

Riley's mum, Paula, said: "Myself, Riley's dad and all our family and friends are very proud of how well he has done - he only intended to raise £20! 

"The support he has received has been fantastic and we appreciate it so much."

Ruth Amies, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson in Wales, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Riley for supporting Cancer Research UK. 

"One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. 

"However, we have only been able to achieve this thanks to the dedication and commitment of volunteers and supporters like Riley without whom we would not be able to fund our life-saving research.”

To make a donation to Riley's fundraising page, please visit https://bit.ly/3QyE2CP