A MUM who creates beautiful Easter bonnets to raise money for her son's rare condition has had a record breaking year, making 150 bonnets in ten days.

Kellie Bates, from Lower Gornal, makes Easter bonnets by hand to sell, with all proceeds going to the Williams Syndrome Foundation.

Her son Matthew, aged eight, was born with the rare congenital disorder which is caused by a chromosome abnormality.

The condition occurs randomly and affects around one in 18,000 people in the UK.

Kellie has been making bonnets since January for the Easter period, and has made over 400 this year.

One bonnet in particular was special- Matthew's own Easter bonnet for his school parade that also coincided with his eighth birthday on April 11.

Matthew designed his bonnet in his favourite colour purple and also included his much-loved blue bunny.

Kellie said: "He was over the moon, like the cat who had got the cream. I made it at 10pm the night before his parade, it was the last one I made. Saving the best till last!"

Kellie says she has been 'overwhelmed' with people's reactions to her bonnets this year, with orders coming in from all over the UK.

Parents have also been in touch with thanks after their children have won first prize at their Easter bonnet parades due to Kellie's designs.

She was touched last week to find she had been given a donation of £100 from an anonymous customer.

She added: "It's the best feeling in the world when you make parents and children happy."

Kellie's bonnets are also available to buy at Alison's Florists on Old Hill High Street and the Cobweb Shop on Netherton High Street.