Young Person

Emily Johnson

“I was delighted to be told that i had been recognised. My mum is the Manager of a care home on the Dengie and my Dad is a Courier Driver. Therefore i had to school throughout the pandemic.

My normal school was Maylandsea Primary – closed on March 30 and started sharing a site with Purleigh School, so i had to go to another School with children she didn’t know. But this didn’t worry me. I was one of older children and loved helping the other children. I would organise games of bingo for all the children, I would read stories to the younger children, make up dance routines for them to learn and help out with whatever was asked to. After School i would make up treat hampers and get them dropped off to my friends to hopefully cheer them up.

I also had a buddy in reception class who didn’t go school through Lockdown. But i kept in contact with him, i would leave gifts on his door step and face time him. I hope i made the other Children and Teacher smile and have fun in these strange times we were going through.”

Emily’s Nomination: “Emily has been amazing during lock down, for one so young she has shown what a wonderful young lady she is. Both Emily’s parents are Key workers and have worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emily therefore has been one of our Key worker children in school every day since schools closed on 23rd March 2020. Maylandsea school closed on March 30th and we shared a site with Purleigh school so not only did Emily have to be in school every day, she also had to be in a different school to her own with different children every day that she did not know.

Over the time, Emily began to shine, she would organise games of Bingo for all the children, she would read stories to the younger children, make up dance routines for them to learn and help out with whatever was asked of her. After school, she would take gifts to her friends, at Easter she gave sweets and around VE day she made cakes and treats to share out. “

Saskia Openshaw

“My name is Saskia, during the first lockdown I was 8 years old (I’m 9 now!). I really wanted to do something to help the NHS and protect people from the corona virus. I made plaques and sold them to raise money for the NHS. I worked really hard on them every afternoon after I’d finished my school work. I was hoping to raise £30 but I actually sold enough plaques to raise £348! I was so happy! I hope that the money I raised has helped people who were poorly with the virus.”

Saskia’s Nomination for Young Person: “Saskia made wooden plaques for fathers day which she sold to raise money for the NHS. She has worked very hard to get all the plaques ready, some were for fathers days but they could have anything written on them. She started with a very modest £35 target but ended up raising an amazing £348.”


Caitlin Pease

“During lockdown, my brother & I went around to our neighbours houses delivering red and green cards. Red meant they needed help, shopping or someone to talk to from a distance. Green meant they were okay and we could carry on our walk around the block.
But I also felt sorry for the nurses & doctors having to work so hard and I wanted to help them. That is when I got the idea of selling my bracelets and buying shower gel and hand sanitizer and handing them out to key workers.I then added some biscuits to the gift bag and with more money coming in I was able to buy different things.
As I wasn’t in school I had homework to do online, but once that was done I started to make and sell bracelets for £1.50 using my own beads.
Even before lockdown, I have always enjoyed making things, craft work and jewellery.
The £1.50 from each bracelet I sold, went to pay for treats, sweets, biscuits for keyworkers. But then I got really busy and have raised over £400 and bought a lot of treats and gift baskets for many keyworkers.
I have sent tulips to a memory clinic, cakes and sweets to care homes, gift baskets to broomfield hospital, fire station, police stations, doctor surgery and many more. I even got my mum to try and get Rossi to send some ice cream to a care home in southend (my granddad is in there, he has frontal lobe dementia) after seeing a post on facebook……we only got it. All the residents were so pleased with their ice cream.
I made gift baskets for the woman’s refuge, sea patrol, RNLI, air ambulance, A&E, homeless, and recently made up 14 care packages for the café in St. Peters hospital after seeing United in kinds post.
At the minute I am making Christmas bracelets to raise money for Christmas hampers that Amy from United in Kind posted about on facebook.
I just love helping, it is what my brother James & I have always done (We used to visit a care home in Tillingham, even though we didn’t know the residents, after school and play games with them, like bingo or hoopla. My mum used to work there but bring us on her day off and after work hours so we could visit everyone).
My brother has also made a giant portion of soup for the homeless in Chelmsford and got a case of potatoes so that they could eat, he loves cooking & wants to be a chef. So we are always helping, it is nice to be kind, the world is miserable, so we try and bring a smile.
I have always enjoyed making bracelets and love it even more when they sell and I can save up enough money to buy someone who deserves it a treat. I love shopping and really love hunting down a bargain, that is how I got to be able to treat so many people. I love helping people and seeing their shocked faces when I hand them a treat and then seeing their big smiles on their faces.
When my mum told me I had been nominated for a recognition of service award with Maldon District council I was shocked and excited, I was only doing what I enjoy doing and makes me happy, but it is nice to know others like it and it may get another little girl or boy to do the same, so can’t be a bad thing.

Caitlin’s Nomination: “Caitlin, aged 8yrs, has been making bracelets and selling them within the local area. She has also helped deliver shopping to elderly neighbours and check they are ok.”

Isabella & Luca Flain

Isabella & Luca’s Nomination: “I am nominating Isabella Flain age 9 and Luca age 5 who felt truly sorry for a lonely isolated man who had called and asked MDCVS for help during lockdown on one particular Friday afternoon.

The man lives alone in Sheltered Housing (Salvation Army) housing in Heybridge and is very frail and vulnerable and limited to the use of a frame for walking. The one thing he has asked for help with was to see if anyone would be able to collect him fish and chips from his local chip shop for his evening meal. Isabella after hearing the gentleman’s request said she would like to do this for him.

For a 9 year old girl to show such compassion for her elders I think is a true act of kindness from someone so young. Also at this time there was no Warden present at his particular site that could have assisted him with his request.”

Ethan Bonner

“I wanted to make the children smile and have something to be excited about as we had to stay indoors and have no play time, mummy said we can get sweeties for the children and I can be willy wonka and leave sweeties outside houses for them. Some children waited at their doors to see me and others looked out the windows with big smiles on their face waving at me! It was so nice to see after weeks of being inside with no much to do and all the parks were closed too so this was lots of fun and I loved giving children something to smile about”

Ethan’s Nomination: “Ethan is 4 years old and at the start of lockdown he dressed up as Willy Wonka and delivered sweets to 60 households in Burnham on Crouch where children lived to cheer them up at a time when they weren’t able to go to school, see friends or visit family. He did this by walking round the town as part of his daily exercise with his Mum and all sweets were purchased by him and his Mum.”

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