Kacie-Mai is ready for Dragon’s Den!

When Kacie-Mai got a 3D printer for Christmas, she never expected it to lead to a whole new business! But now, she’s started selling items she’s made with the printer to friends and family to earn some extra pocket money.

11-year-old Kacie-Mai brought along some of the things she’s made when she came to stay with us recently to show the care team.

She said: ‘I was printing a lot of things, and I thought I could get some of the money back for the plastic by selling them. It started with a rabbit-shaped mini Easter egg holder — I sold quite a few of them, including to my family in America.

‘I’ve made lots of different things since then – name plaques, characters like monkeys, a skeleton, baby Yoda and Groot, key rings, fridge magnets, fidget toys, and toothbrush holders to help you squeeze the paste.

‘My favourite thing I’ve printed so far is a robot headphones stand, and a memorial plaque for my friend who passed away.’

Kacie-Mai, who has collagen-related muscular dystrophy, has been selling items to school friends, on her Facebook page and a through a local café.

Her grandad,Craig, said: ‘She comes up with the designs herself, but we help with painting things like the plaques.

‘She tends to follow the seasons, so she’s made things for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, football and rugby. She was asked for a plaque with a dog, so she’s doing more of those now as well.’

Among other items Kacie-Mai’s created are plaques featuring local sports teams’ logos — including her beloved Leeds United.

Craig added: ‘It’s kept her busy through lockdown, and distracted her from the problems she’s been going through — she’s had some chest infections, and she’s had two bereavements.

‘Coming to Martin House has helped her build up her confidence, so I’m sure that’s helped her to do this.

‘When we first started coming to Martin House, she didn’t know what she could do, but coming here she’s learned what she can do, and it’s helped her forget the things she can’t do.’

Kacie Mai holding her 3D printed toy

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