Meet Clifton Hospital’s youngest helper

Lylia in the new Clifton dementia-friendly garden

Lylia in the new Clifton dementia-friendly garden

At just five years old Lylia Bailey is already a seasoned fund raiser.

Making and selling Christmas decorations and bracelets to raise money to enhance patient care, Lylia has already got two years’ experience under her belt.

At only three years old Lylia started helping her mum and nurse Samantha Sargent make items to sell at on their stall at the hospital’s Christmas and summer fairs – and she is set to sell more at Clifton’s Christmas fair this November!

Mum Sam, always got involved with fundraising events, making things to sell on the stall to raise extra funds for the hospital

She said: “A couple of years ago Lylia said she wanted to help, so she started making Christmas decorations out of clay.”

A Year One pupil at Heyhouses Endowed Church of England Primary School in St Annes, Lylia paints the clay shapes ready to hang on her customers’ Christmas trees. Last year her decorations sold out fast!

Sam continued: “After the first year of helping, Lylia caught the ‘helping bug’ and also came into the hospital dressed up as Rapunzel. We are a crafty family, and I’m really proud that she wants to help.”

Lylia, who is also a whizz with Lego and has won design competitions for the last three years at the St Annes Carnival, says she is looking forward to selling more of her creations next month.

She said: “I would like to sell more decorations to help poorly people feel better when they are in hospital.”

Clifton’s Christmas fair will be held on Saturday November 26, 11am – 3pm. The fair is open to the public with free parking. Everyone is welcome.



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