A teenage student from Coleg Llandrillo has been extra busy during the lockdown period, juggling studying from home with crocheting dozens of ear savers for her local hospital!

17-year-old Caitlin Harris from Colwyn Bay - who dreams of becoming a paramedic one day - has been supporting the NHS by making sore-ear savers to help protect nurses wearing PPE for long periods of time while treating coronavirus patients. Ear savers are functional tools to help protect the ears from chafing when wearing a medical face mask.

Caitlin, who is an Independent Living Skills student at the college's Rhos-on-Sea campus, started her online business 'Caitlin's Crafts' in December 2019. She mainly sells hand-crocheted items, but also has a range of hand-crafted keyrings and cards for sale.

In a break from her busy lifestyle, Caitlin said:

I decided to make ear savers for staff from Glan Clwyd Hospital because I love what they do. I mean it must take strength and perseverance to keep doing what they're doing. I'm actually hoping to be a part of the NHS and become a paramedic one day and help save lives!

Caitlin has been mentored in her social enterprise by Karen Aerts, Coleg Llandrillo's Enterprise officer.

For more information on Caitlin's business, visit her Facebook page at


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