Sheffield Children’s Hospital patient uses craft skills to help others

Brittle bones sufferer Jack Fozard is creating useful tools and decorative items from loom bands to help other children with the condition
Brittle bones sufferer Jack Fozard is creating useful tools and decorative items from loom bands to help other children with the condition
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An inventive youngster who suffers from brittle bone disease is on a mission to help other children with the condition by crafting useful tools from loom bands.

Jack Fozard, who is treated at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, was diagnosed with brittle bone disease as a baby. Growing up the ten-year-old struggled to hold thin pencils due to arthritis in his fingers and wrists.

To improve his writing, Jack began making pencil grippers out of loom bands which he found to be more effective than similar products on the market.

The kind-hearted youngster has continued creating tools and decorative items out of the colourful rubber bands as a way of raising money for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

Jack’s mum Emma, said: “He set up a stall in our front garden, selling the bands in blue and yellow – the colours of the charity.

“As soon as people realised he was supporting the charity they were really interested. There were even police community support officers who were buying them off him.”

The charitable youngster, from Leeds, now wants to create special bands for brittle bones sufferers to wear so people will know about their condition in the event of an accident.