Colne friends weave up spell to raise charity cash

Paisley Marshall (9) and Faye Roscoe (8) with the looms bands that they have made to raise money for the Stroke Association.
Paisley Marshall (9) and Faye Roscoe (8) with the looms bands that they have made to raise money for the Stroke Association.
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Kind-hearted Colne friends have used their involvement in a loom band craze to drive up funds for a charity close to their hearts.

Paisley Marshall (9) and Faye Roscoe (8), both pupils at Sacred Heart Primary School, have been busy weaving up a spell to raise money for the Stroke Association.

They have been selling the colourful elastic bracelets to all their family and friends, after Paisley’s great-grandad Derek Pearson and Faye’s grandad both suffered strokes. And now the dedicated duo will continue with their fund-raising venture in Mr Pearson’s memory, after he died in Airedale Hospital earlier this month.

Paisley’s grandma Elaine Wells, of Birtwistle Avenue, said: “They have raised about £70 so far, and have done really well.

“They have grabbed every relative going, and sold the bands for 10p and 20p, and they even had a little stall outside in the garden to raise money.

“They made my dad two right at the beginning, and he has worn them right through until he died. Paisley was very close to her great-grandad.”

Following his stroke, Mr Pearson, who formerly worked for Coachwork Conversions, had two seizures and was left unconscious for seven days.

The former Colne Primet High School student, who lived in Matthew Close and enjoyed the outdoors, is survived by his wife Sonia, children Elaine, Gail and Neal, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Paying tribute, Mrs Wells added: “He was so down-to-earth, and didn’t take any nonsense. He was popular, and a family man. He will be very sadly missed.”

Loom bracelets will be worn at Mr Pearson’s funeral, which takes place today at 10-45am from Dennis Hartley and Son funeral directors.

It will continue at Burnley Crematorium, and anybody is welcome to attend.