Hats the way as Kellie makes Easter bonnets a charity success

A creative mother is hoping to use her special skills raise £800 making special Easter bonnets for charity.

Kellie Bates and son Matthew making Easter Bonnets to raise money for charity
Kellie Bates and son Matthew making Easter Bonnets to raise money for charity

Kellie Bates, 38, from Lower Gornal, has made Easter bonnets for the last five years, raising £4,000 in total for the Williams Syndrome Foundation.

Her son Matthew Bates, aged eight has a rare chromosomal disorder as well as a heart condition.

When Matthew was diagnosed with Williams syndrome at sixteen weeks old, Kellie gave up her job to care for her son and soon concentrated on making Easter bonnets for the charity.

She said: “I try to do something a bit different each year, and this year I have focused on creating bespoke designs so people can have exclusive bonnets.

“I have created designs ranging from Minecraft and Pokemon to Peppa Pig and the Little Mermaid but I do still love the traditional style of bonnet.”

Kellie sells her bonnets primarily through her Facebook page ‘Kel’s Easter bonnets’, and has national and international interest.

“Yesterday I was really excited as i posted two of my bonnets to Puerto Rico!”

“I sell all I make, apart from Matthews bonnet which he designs himself, he is very specific on what he wants.

“I love going out to deliver the bonnets myself as I meet so many lovely people and often the children are there so I see their lovely faces light up.”

Kellie who also has two daughters, Chloe, aged nine and Katie, aged five, also makes Christmas crafts and cards, raising £350 last Christmas. Matthew, who attends Woodsetton Special School, has learning difficulties at all levels due to the syndrome.

Williams Syndrome affects just 1 in 18,000 people in the UK.

By Lucy Jones

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