A HAMPSHIRE student has raised hundreds for charity after setting up her own business in the pandemic.

Nalah Stones, a performing arts student at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Eastleigh, was first encouraged to set up her own business by her mother who asked her to use her sewing skills to make protective face masks for friends and family.

This prompted the student to create Nalah Bear's Boutique, which sells hand-crafted, bespoke face masks.

Since the business began Nalah has raised over £370 for nearby charities whilst also helping residents of the area to protect themselves from Covid-19.

The student, who previously attended Crofton School raised £200 for the NHS last year, as well as over £100 for the Royal British Legion during the Remembrance Day parade and over £70 for Naomi's House and Jacksplace over Christmas.

She has has now focused her charitable efforts towards charity Sophie’s Journey.

Nalah Stones said: “I’m really lucky to have had a creative outlet like this over lockdown and it’s been amazing watching it grow into Nalah Bear’s Boutique.

"I feel really proud of the donations that have been raised and it’s super rewarding to know that I can use my skills to benefit and support others.”

Anneka Wass, Director of Performing Arts at Barton Peveril praised the student, claiming she is a "prime example of how flexible, creative and resilient" performing arts students are at the college.

She added: "We are really proud of Nalah using her initiative and creativity to start her own business and support charities at the same time."