Creative Hartlepool girl Jess gives hospital a festive boost

Jess Hilton with some of her novelty snowmen Christmas decorations at the Ward Jackson Park craft fair.
Jess Hilton with some of her novelty snowmen Christmas decorations at the Ward Jackson Park craft fair.
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A schoolgirl used her craft skills to raise much-needed funds for a children’s cancer unit at a North-East hospital.

Jess Hilton, 13, a pupil at St Hild’s Church of England School, has spent hours in recent weeks making novelty snowmen that she has been selling in aid of the unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Fashioned from socks filled with rice and decorated with sequins and other materials, the snowmen have proved popular as Christmas decorations.

She has sold about 65 over the last few weeks, raising £110. She has been selling the snowmen to family and friends, and also recently had a stall at a craft fair in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool.

Jess who lives in Talland Close, Clavering, has been fundraising for the children’s cancer unit at the RVI for three years and has raised a total of £260 in that time.

“For the first two years I made Christmas tree baubles but I thought it was time for a change and came up with the idea of making snowmen. I’ve gone through loads of socks and numerous bags of rice! I couldn’t believe that I’d raised so much when I added up my takings, and I’m so grateful to everyone who has supported me by buying snowmen.

Mum Lorna said: “Jess has worked really hard, often coming in from school and working for several hours to build up her stock of snowmen. We are really proud of her for the way she has given up so much of her own time to support such a deserving cause as the children’s cancer unit at the RVI.”