Our reporter Kristian spoke with a young woman whose home-born initiative ‘Spread the Love’ is supporting key workers, the disabled and the elderly during the coronavirus pandemic.
Alanna Tomlinson is 15 and would have been revising for her upcoming GCSE examinations. But after losing her grandmother to Covid-19, she’s been using her graphic design skills and time to thank and celebrate key workers by sending them personalised messages in the shape of rainbow hearts.
By creating and sending her designs digitally, Alanna has been able to safely deliver her messages to several local NHS trusts and Marie Curie sites. She usually personalises each design with the names of key workers, their roles or the name of the organisation. She’s also taking requests for video messages of encouragement and even storybooks. She’s had lots of positive feedback; some of her recipients have told her that her message has ‘has lifted their spirits’ and ‘reminds them that someone cares about them’.
Now Alanna plans on bringing a little bit of joy to more key workers, the elderly and disabled people by spreading the word, and the love. You can find out more, and request a personalised message from Alanna, by visiting her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/spreadlovenotdisease/