An entrepreneurial Stroud eight-year-old stole the show at this year’s Stroud Goodwill Evening by wowing crowds with his charm and homemade Lego jewellery, with his business “Imagined by Thomas.”
Like most children his age, Thomas Booker is Lego-obsessed. In fact, in every spare moment Thomas gets, he can be found creating cars, towers and exploring his imagination. But more recently, Thomas has taken to creating high-quality, beautiful Lego jewellery. The range has been imagined and created by Thomas (with a little help from Mum and Dad). But this is a tale of two halves.
Thomas suffers from epilepsy and in early 2020, his family’s lives changed just before his sixth birthday, when due to the severity of his seizures, Thomas spent 7 days in the Children’s Centre at GRH. Fortunately, his parents James and Emily discovered that Lego significantly helped Thomas with managing his thoughts, attention, anxieties and learning to be Thomas again.
After his diagnosis, Thomas’ learning journey became complicated. He finds it challenging to fit into mainstream schooling. However, his fantastic teachers at St Mathew’s C of E Primary School, saw something special in him during “Enterprise Week” – this was the start of his idea!
Challenging Thomas academically outside of school with real-life situations, is how his parents, Emily and James, are using his new business to help Thomas apply his new knowledge. Emily said: “Thomas is now starting to remember times tables! Working with him on addition, subtraction and division as well, is helping to learn profit and loss! We’ve been amazed by how quickly Thomas is learning these new skills – we couldn’t be prouder.”
The new skills young Thomas is learning have given him a real confidence boost, as well as a positive change in his fine-motor and communication skills. Doting father James said: “It’s not just us who are teaching Thomas new things, every customer Thomas generates is also helping him. It’s fantastic watching Thomas’ confidence grow.”
Just two days into officially launching “Imagined by Thomas”, Thomas has made a significant number of sales which is only spurring him on! The young entrepreneur hopes to use him platform to engage and educate on neurodiversity. Thomas hopes that his success will inspire other like-minded children to go for it, saying: “If I can do it, anyone can!”
Business details: Imagined by Thomas