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Children's Easter cards bring cheer to elderly and isolated in the Hadhams



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Colourful Easter cards with messages of hope and love were sent by children to their elderly and isolated neighbours in Much and Little Hadham.

The bright drawings of rainbows, flowers, bunnies and eggs adorned letters sent out with essential deliveries over the Easter weekend by 23 youngsters aged 3 to 11 who were keen to reach out to those on their own.

What started as a small-scale idea blossomed into a production line of young artists who created almost 100 cards in a matter of days.

Sally Helme's daughters Izzy, 11, Pru, 9, and Tory, 6, from Little Hadham (33265559)
Sally Helme's daughters Izzy, 11, Pru, 9, and Tory, 6, from Little Hadham (33265559)

Mother-of-three Kate Cairns, who lives in High Street, Much Hadham, said that while working from home she thought about how they could help and came up with the idea of Easter cards.

"Most of them are being distributed to those isolated/shielding from Covid-19 via the local Halo Groups in Much Hadham and Little Hadham," she said.

"The Halo Groups pair up volunteers in the villages with a person/household in need so they can be supported. But it snowballed from a few cards to making nearly 100!

A selection of the home-made cards (33272547)
A selection of the home-made cards (33272547)

"We made them for isolated households and also for residents at St Elizabeth's Centre in Perry Green, who are also receiving Easter gifts so that they all have something for Easter, and flowers for all the staff."

Kate, who usually works in Canary Wharf for bank HSBC, is now at home with husband Adam and their three girls, Isabel, 10, Lucy, 8, and Amelia, 3. She put out a call for friends to join in the idea and teamed up with Sally Helme, who organised the Little Hadham arm of the operation.

"Families were really happy to make them and the children have been writing about who they are, how old they are and saying 'We just want you to know that me and my family are thinking of you and we hope you have a happy Easter'.

"I hope it gives those on their own a lift and I hope there'll be a few happy faces over the weekend."

Isabel, Lucy and Amelia making their cards (33272627)
Isabel, Lucy and Amelia making their cards (33272627)

Kate wished to thank all the children who took part...

The Cairns sisters Isabel, 10, Lucy, 8, and Amelia, 3

Ava Leigh, 9, and brother Isaac, 8

Lottie Dodsworth, 10

Holly Vella, 7, and sister Clara, 5

Grace Woodward, 10

Gibson sisters Betsy, 8, and Martha, 6

Bryony Smith, 9, and sister Darcey, 7

Plant sisters Emma, 11, Alice, 9, and Connie, 6

Rose Baird, 10

Marissa Salinas, 9, and brothers Leo, 6, and Rafael, 3

Helme sisters Izzy, 11, Pru, 9, and Tory, 6



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