A teenager from the Moorlands has become the talk of the town after his festive initiative blew up online. In November, 13-year-old Dainton Campbell from Cheadle decided to create a lighted Christmas star made from coat hangers and fairy lights in the hope of selling them on to fund his Airfix model obsession.
A teenager from the Moorlands has become the talk of the town after his festive initiative blew up online.
In November, 13-year-old Dainton Campbell from Cheadle decided to create a lighted Christmas star made from coat hangers and fairy lights in the hope of selling them on to fund his Airfix model obsession.
What Mum Emily Campbell didn’t know when she posted her son’s artwork was how viral it would go.
Dainton has had buyers from all around the Moorlands and across Staffordshire too, some even being sent to customers in Wales.
“It’s gone all over, I can’t believe how well he’s done,” Emily told the Times and Echo.
“Like many kids, Dainton sits and watches videos on Facebook and YouTube. He saw a video of someone making one of the stars one day and said ‘Mum can you buy some coat hangers and lights?’
“So he had a go at making some and it was absolutely brilliant so I randomly put a photo of it on Facebook and 15 people that first day messaged me to ask if he could make them one.
“It’s gone absolutely mad, he’s made 62 this year.”
32 inches in diameter, the stars come with all different kinds of white and coloured lights for both indoor and outdoor settings.
Emily explained how Dainton, who attends Cheadle Academy, specially made a guardian angel for Lynn Rigby, the founder of the Lee Rigby Foundation.
Emily stated how her son wants to ultimately work as a tank engineer in the army due to his passion for army Airfix models, and so wanted to go the extra mile for Lynn.
Now, Dainton has put his glue guns and cable ties away for the remainder of 2020 so he can enjoy some well-earned rest with some potentially exciting openings ahead in 2021.
A Facebook page for Dainton’s mini-business is due to be set up next year with ideas for Valentine’s Day being jotted down already.
Emily expressed her satisfaction at seeing how many people her son had made happy this Christmas, especially during the difficult times we all face.
“I can’t believe how well it’s gone, me and my husband are so proud,” she said.
“He puts a little gift tag on them saying thank you for buying and some start crying because it’s a little thing that brings a lot of cheer to people.
“He always amazes me. I drive through Cheadle now and see all the stars and think ‘wow, my son’s made that’. It blows you away.”
At £15 apiece, Dainton has successfully accomplished his mission of saving up enough money to buy the more expensive Airfix models.
And going forward, customers could be in some more specialities next year – watch this space!
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