A YOUNG Ellesmere Port schoolgirl's colourful creative fundraising idea has raised hundreds of pounds for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

Evie-Sue Matthews, nine, a pupil of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, set up her own business thanks to her skills from a simple hobby.

She was originally set the task of 'a simple act of kindness' as a school project to do during her time in lockdown.

Dad Christopher explained: "Evie-Sue decided she wanted to do something different for her project after reading a story regarding the Hospice of the Good Shepherd struggling with raising funds for the charity due to the lockdown and the restrictions it had brought to us all.

"She decided that with all this new-found time on her hands she would take what was a simple hobby of tie dying clothing and try and turn it into a fundraising initiative for the hospice.

"She told us all about her idea and how she wanted to raise funds for the hospice and so began her idea!

"What we didn't know was just how well it would take off. She started by creating an order form to log everything, an Instagram page to promote the business idea and then ordering stock.

"Soon the orders begun flooding in from all over Ellesmere Port. She has even now had orders from Dubai and Qatar, from people that used to live in the area.

"Her own simple idea to try and do something good for a charity at a time when we are all surrounded by so much bad news really has taken off."

Christopher added Evie-Sue was about to make her first drop-off of raised funds to the hospice, which totalled £850.

Evie-Sue's success will also be featured on her school's website, newsletter and the Hospice of the Good Shepherd's newsletter.