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Countryside Heroes: Isla’s 'Write a Letter to Make Others Feel Better'!

Isla’s mother Chrissie Elworthy is a Speech Therapist with the NHS and told her daughter Isla about the fact that lots of older people in care homes wouldn’t be able to see their families during lockdown.


Isla, aged 10,  thought about this and decided that she wanted to do her bit to help and started her campaign to 'Write a Letter to Make Others Feel Better'!  


Margaret McGinlay had recently gone into Cornelius House, which is located just outside the stunning village of Bosham on the South coast, when lockdown was announced. She was totally surprised and thrilled to receive a letter from Isla, which had been secretly arranged by her daughter Lucy. As soon as Margaret had received the letter, she wrote straight back to Isla to thank her and to tell her a little about her own amazing life with trips to Australia in the 1950s and lots of fun and games along the way Margaret hoped that this wonderful new pen friendship would continue, so was delighted when Isla wrote back to her again. Margaret loves her new home. Cornelius House is a lovely Georgian building with 18 rooms and a very pretty garden. Anna and her staff care for everyone so beautifully. They are truly dedicated, professional and extremely friendly and Margaret considers herself "very lucky to be here". Here is a lovely picture of Margaret enjoying the sunshine.

As for Isla, she wants others to join her campaign and hopes that her recent appearance on BBC One’s South Today will encourage children of all ages to get writing! Thanks Isla – what a lovely thing to be doing!


Isla's Original Letter



Margaret's Reponse



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