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Ellie’s Christmas cards for patients

10 December 2013


A call to spread Christmas cheer was answered by an 11 year old girl who went above and beyond for the patients of Southend University Hospital.

Ellie-Mae Wright persuaded her school friends to make over 400 Christmas cards for poorly patients after the hospital's Ladybird Nursery asked children to design, make and send Christmas cards.

Ellie submitted 413 cards. Nursery children will now deliver them to patients in hospital over the festive period.

The Robert Drake Primary School pupil enlisted seven of her friends to help make the artistic designs. She went around the playground drumming up support for the appeal.

Ellie and her friends spent their lunch times sitting in the school computer room creating cards. She even held a sleepover to allow her and her friends more time to make extra cards.

Ellie said: "I really wanted to help sick patients, it must be horrible being in hospital over Christmas; I hope my cards cheer them up."

All the cards include get well messages and Christmas greetings to lift the spirits of those in hospital at this time of year.

Bright and colourful, each unique card is decorated with hand drawn festive illustrations and glitter.

Childcare business manager, Lisa Green, said: "It's fantastic that one little girl has made such an effort to help the hospital, Ellie is a very thoughtful and caring individual."