A schoolgirl’s crafty charity project has raised hundreds of pounds for cancer support services.

Millie Dyson, 11, from Whitworth, has been collecting empty wine and gin bottles from neighbours and upcycling them to create handmade lamps lit by fairy lights.

The bottles then get their own unique decorations, such as rainbows and tributes to the NHS.

The Healey Primary School pupil has asked for a minimum donation of just £5 per lamp, with all her proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support, but some neighbours have donated much more to her good cause, giving as much as £50.

Millie has now created almost 30 lamps and raised £250, smashing her initial target of £150. She has now set a new target of £500.

Her dad Gareth Baron, of Moorland Avenue, said the project had been an important outlet for her during lockdown.

Gareth, 37, said: “She got a letter right at the start of lockdown saying she would have to shield because of her asthma, so it’s given her something to really focus on besides doing her homework.

“Washing the labels off the bottles is the real struggle!”

Due to being in one of the groups considered to be most vulnerable to coronavirus, shielding has meant Millie is advised not to leave home and to minimise contact with others from outside her household.

However, she has pursued other creative activities in lockdown, including decorating her front window with artful displays for her neighbours to enjoy, honouring events such as VE Day.

Millie has previously completed another fundraising project for Macmillan, crafting charity ribbons for her classmates to wear on their ties and for her teachers’ lanyards before lockdown.

Gareth said: “The neighbours and the local community have been great and instead of recycling their bottles, they’ve brought them over for Millie to decorate.

“They just keep bringing more all the time, I have to be careful where I step when I go out in the morning!”

Gareth has been kept busy delivering Millie’s creations to their happy recipients, with his mum Joan Cooper, 60, of Turf Hill Road, also lending a helping hand collecting and delivering bottles.

You can sign up for free daily updates with the LancsLive newsletter here.

For the latest news and breaking news visit the LancsLive website.

Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. 

Have you got news for us? Contact our newsdesk on [email protected]