Lockdown has been different for everyone. It might have been boring and a bit tricky, but it has also gave us time to reflect, and do things we would normally be too busy to do. One thing is definite, lockdown has provided us with time to really appreciate the good in our society. That's why this article was the perfect way to show people what the young people in our area have been doing, and how they really are a true inspiration to us all...
Jack Berry (age 13) and Maisie Jones (age 8)
Jack and Maisie have went the extra mile to raise funds for two NHS charities in the North East by walking 100,000 steps during lockdown! Having autism himself, Jack really wants to show everyone how children with autism do care so much about others, and break down the stigma that those with autism lack empathy. Not only are they raising money for the NHS during a global pandemic, but they are also breaking down the stigma surrounding autism which is absolutely amazing.
Jack's Mam said, "The most important thing that we have learnt from all of this is the development of togetherness and unity. The unity has provided both children with a developed level of kindness from within"
It is absolutely fantastic to see our young people using their time to do such positive things for our community, especially under these current circumstances.
If you would like to donate to Jack and Maisie's Just Giving page to raise money for NHS charities in the North East, follow this link: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sara-berry18
Jessica Hannington (age 15)
Jessica has been nominated for her amazing attitude throughout lockdown. Jessica has autism and has really struggled with the change in routine that lockdown has caused, and the lack on socialising with her friends which I'm sure alot of people can relate to! Despite this, she has managed amazingly well. Not only has she managed to complete all her school work, but she's been helping round the house and using her time wisely to gain essential life skills such as cooking, cleaning, gardening, learning how to use money in shops!
Jessica's teacher has told us, "All of the challenges that have been thrown at her she has taken in her stride and just got on with."
Lockdown has been tough for alot of people, and I can imagine it's particularly hard for those who are really struggling with the change in routine. It's truly inspirational to hear from young people like Jessica, who provide us with the hope we all need at times like this, and are really challenging themselves to gain skills and be the best they can be!
Jessica Ironside (age 14)
Another inspirational nomination.. Jessica Ironside! Jessica suffers from ASD and was struggling coping with her anxiety at the beginning of lockdown, and found that it really helped her to use sensory toys as a way of coping. Not only is this inspirational in itself being creative to find coping strategies, but Jessica went one step further and tried to help others in her situation!
Knowing that sensory toys helped her, Jessica has then shared this way of coping with others by creating sensory bags! to do this, she thought about what toys really helped her, and also what she'd seen other children use at school. And this wasn't an easy job! Jessica has had to think about the textures, colours, sounds and smells of the toys she's using so she can accommodate for as many sensory issues as possible - even thinking down to the style of the bag to make sure the fabric was reusable!
Jessica then contacted various organisations and asked for donations to help her with this project as well as even using her own pocket money if she had to! Jessica's teacher told us how proud she is and believes that she really deserves the recognition for all of her hard work!
Blossom and mum Vicky
Blossom and her mam have been using their time in lockdown to help out others. They have been cooking everyday and providing meals to around 30 people! And they didn't have any days off.. Blossom was even delivering party bags with the meals on her Dads birthday! Not only are they helping themselves by keeping busy during lockdown, but they're also providing the much needed help that others need!
Blossom also thought it would be a good idea to create a scrapbook so that she can reflect on what she has been doing! What an amazing idea - this is definitely something you should be proud of and what a great way of remembering this!
Stories like this are truly inspirational. Such selflessness helping others out of the kindness of our hearts. Amazing work guys!
We've absolutely loved hearing how inspirational our young people have been during lockdown, from helping themselves, to helping others, they've been going above and beyond. Be proud of yourselves and keep it up everyone! Thank you for being an inspiration to us all!