READERS praised a Young Enterprise student and her innovative idea, designed to keep villagers safe.

16-year-old Danielle Potter has designed her own safety keychains, which she creates from purchases made locally, she distributes them from her Facebook page, ‘Dauntless Defence.’

The student of St Joseph’s Catholic High School was motivated to create the self-defence item having seen a lack of them available in her area.

The keychains are light and compact by design so users can attach them to things they ordinarily would use such as their car or house keys. Danielle created her Facebook page, Dauntless Defence in December 2020 and her first batch of keyrings sold out immediately.

The business is growing in strength off the back of the surge in demand with many customers leaving positive reviews on her page.

And our readers praised her inventiveness.

Meg Henderson said: “Well done Danielle. Great idea and a very positive thing to do.”

Steph Haigh said: “What a fantastic idea. Good luck Danielle.”

Aimee Louise Hollingsworth said: “Well done Danielle. Definitely needed in this day and age.”

Jan Quayle said: “Good on you.”

Kate Williams said: “Well done Danielle. Super idea.”

Explaining her idea, Danielle said: “I saw on the news and posts on social media about how people were feeling unsafe and I thought while scrolling through all these stories that I could create something that people could carry around easily that could help them feel a little safer.

Danielle hopes that her fledgling business will take flight.

She said: “Hopefully I can continue to do this on the side while I continue my studies and expand in the future.”

Sixty-one readers reacted to the post in support of Danielle and her idea.

If you wish to purchase one of the self defence keychains, find Danielle’s business on her Facebook page, ‘Dauntless Defence.’