AN ENTERPRISING Barry schoolboy has adopted the latest children’s craze in an effort to raise £1,000 for a charity that assisted his dad.

Palmerston primary school pupil Jack Rees-Davies has so far collected £443 for the Marie Curie hospice, in Penarth, by making and selling loom bands to family, friends, and neighbours.

Jack’s dad, 47-year-old Martin Rees-Davies spent time at the hospice suffering from cancer and died in April, this year following a diagnosis two months previously.

Nine-year-old, Jack came up with the idea of paying tribute to his dad and the staff and roped friends Dan Quigley, 10, and his brother Jake, seven, of Ysgol St Curig, and Brooke Leigh Seer, eight, of Oak Field primary, into his entrepreneurial team and now the fearsome four are occupying their spare time creating some unique designs.

The team have decided to expand their rubber band bracelet market and are offering to produce loom bands in different styles and colours – to order – for individuals or groups, sporting team supporters, or special occasions.

Mum Rebecca Murliss, 33, said: “Martin was in there for a month and they were absolutely fabulous. He kept saying it was his hotel – it was like being in Mykonos.

“I think it’s amazing that he came up with the idea. He knows a few people who have passed away through cancer. Martin would be really proud of him.”

Grandmother Linda Murliss added: “For what he’s been through, it’s fantastic.”

Jack said: “I want people to be looked after like my dad. He would be happy,”

To help Jack, Dan, Jake and Brooke raise more funds for Marie Curie, you can order a loom band bracelet, costing £2 for adults, £1.50 for children, by emailing and an adult will relay your order.