A four-year-old pupil at All Saints Catholic Voluntary Academy in Glossop, Derbyshire, decided to spread some cheer in her community as part of a Captain Tom Moore-inspired challenge set by her teachers.
Autumn Place and mum, Danielle Eyre, made 50 bookmarks and 50 keyrings and posted them to members of their community in Old Glossop who might be feeling lonely.
Their efforts were in response to a challenge set by teachers at All Saints CVA, to do something 100 times to honour Captain Tom, who died last month, and raise awareness of something they cared about.
Danielle said they loved crafting as a family and wanted to raise awareness about loneliness during lockdown.
She said: “The keyrings were a rainbow with inspirational quotes on them and the bookmarks had the words ‘just for you’ stamped on them.
“We posted them through people’s doors in envelopes with a message on them. No-one knew it was us but I did have a message from one of the mums at school asking if it was us who had posted them through.
“We live in Old Glossop and there are quite a lot of elderly people there so we just posted the bookmarks and keyrings though doors at random houses.
“Autumn loved it; she knew why we were doing it. We are actually still making them as there are a lot of houses in Old Glossop.”
Grainne Beaumont, headteacher of All Saints, which is part of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust, said they were proud of all of the children who had remembered Captain Tom.
She said: “The school was sad to hear of the death of Captain Tom as he had been an inspiration to the whole school in the last lockdown. I decided to share some information about his life with the children and the amazing feat he completed by walking around his garden 100 times to raise money for our wonderful NHS.
“I asked the children to think about Captain Tom and what he would be remembered for.
“As he was such an inspiration to us all and united communities, I set them a challenge to do something 100 times to raise awareness of something they cared about.
“Many children sent back messages of how they would remember Captain Tom and some sent pictures of their house windows decorated with pictures of him. Many said they would be out clapping to remember him.
“Autumn’s bookmarks were lovely, and she really wanted to raise awareness of the problem some people have with loneliness and cheer them up by receiving the gifts. Autumn also delivered some to school to cheer up all the staff. We are all really proud of Autumn and her mum. They are superstars.”