The Twelve Days of Christmas carol will have a different meaning in a Wretton household this year thanks to a schoolboy’s paper chain mountain.
Rather than five gold rings, it’s all about paper ones for Joshua Cook – 4,000 of them!
The eight year old is aiming to make a paper chain of 4,000 rings by Christmas Day to raise money for Cancer Research UK after his grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.
News of the youngster’s festive charity effort has been spreading fast, with sponsorship being pledged on Facebook and donations pouring in from his aunt’s work colleagues in the Metropolitan Police.
Joshua, who attends Downham Preparatory School, said: “I’m making a paper chain with 4,000 rings for Cancer Research UK because what they do helps my nanny get better.
“My nanny Joan (Pearce) was diagnosed with cancer last December and she had to have an operation and lots of treatment but the good news is she has made a good recovery.
“My step-nanny Linda (Murkin) lost her battle with cancer in August this year. She was a very brave lady who is now sleeping in heaven but it’s left my granddad very sad.”
Joshua has spending his afternoons after school cutting strips of paper and gluing them together, and has reached about 2,000 rings so far.
Mum Stacey Drake, 35, said: “The chain already wraps round my living room twice. There are rings everywhere.”
She said Joshua started making the paper chain to decorate his bedroom for Christmas when he was poorly and off school for a week.
He originally wanted to make the world’s longest paper chain, but discovered the record for an individual stands at more than 1,200 feet.
Miss Drake said: “After some investigation he thought that might be too big a task, so he decided to make one for charity and set the number of rings at 4,000.”
Joshua added: “All the rings are being made from pads of coloured paper and I am measuring, cutting and sticking each ring. They are not pre-cut ones as my nanny thought!”
So far, Joshua has raised more than £160 in sponsorship. Anyone wishing to donate can contact Miss Drake on 01366 502022 or visit: www.justgiving.com/Joshua-Cook1