TWO creative youngsters from Basingstoke have kickstarted innovative ways of raising money for the NHS.

Six-year-old Lucy Gladwell, who attends Hatch Warren Infants School, has been hard at work making bookmarks.

Her mother Linzi said: "She had an idea of raising money for the NHS, by making bookmarks. Lots of people read, and having just watched Troll's World Tour, she was inspired to draw the characters.

"She has therefore re created them as people. She put a money box outside our house with the bookmarks In a box asking for donations.

"Surprisingly and thanks to the kindness and support of the location community, she made £66. We then set up a Just Giving Page, as we couldn't believe the interest and demand for the bookmarks.

"Lucy even made different characters, from the movie, as requested by the public. Everyone's generosity has been amazing and Lucy is so grateful to be able to give something back to the very people who are on the frontline during the COVID 19 crisis. Her target was £200 but to date she has raised more than that, and she is still making bookmarks.. below is her just giving page.

You can check out her bookmarks by visiting:

Meanwhile, twelve-year-old Gracie from Basingstoke is creating head bands, clips and Bows for the children in my local hospital and I hope to raise money for the general children’s ward fund.

Already, she has raised more than £440 for the cause with many people leaving comments praising her idea.

You can visit the fundraising page here: