Nine year old girl’s colourful lockdown card creations raising hundreds for Sue Ryder hospice
A nine year old girl from Gloucestershire is spreading cheer and a splash of colour by creating her own stunning line of greeting cards whilst at home during lockdown, raising vital funds for the local hospice which helped support her family.
Lucy Shorting, from Cheltenham, decided to put pen, pencil and paint to paper while staying safe at home during lockdown to create her own greetings cards, and is now selling them online to help raise funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.
Lucy said, “Last year I lost my lovely Uncle Richard to cancer and Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice cared for him. I wanted to make some cards to sell to raise money for the hospice to say thank you for looking after him so well when he was poorly.”
Lucy added, "I want to say thank you to the nurses that looked after my uncle. I love painting and art so I thought I’d make some cards to make people happy."
The beautiful handmade cards are being sold on Etsy under the name of GooseDesignsArt in honour Lucy’s family nickname, ‘Lucy Goosey’.
Lucy’s striking original designs are full of colour and laughter, featuring peas, carrots, pineapples, donuts, tomatoes, stick people, fun slogans and balloons using pen, paint and buttons.
So far Lucy has sold over 400 greetings cards raising over £200 for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.
Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Head of Clinical Services, Debbie Williams, shares her heartfelt thanks with Lucy for her charity card making in support of the hospice. She said, “I want Lucy to know that every single one of our nurses, doctors and support staff thinks she is absolutely brilliant for helping to share so much happiness through her beautiful card creations while raising funds for local families needing our care. It’s brought a big smile to all our faces to know that we have such inspiring young people like Lucy supporting us. Your designs are absolutely beautiful. Thank you, Lucy.”
Lucy’s mum and dad Jane and Mark Shorting are full of praise for their daughter’s creative ideas to support the hospice. They said, "We are so proud of Lucy, she wanted to raise some money for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice after they looked after her uncle Richard last year, but she said no running! Her cards are all made by her".
It’s not the first time the big hearted youngster has got creative to help raise funds for the Gloucestershire Hospice. In July 2020 Lucy held a cake sale at St Edward's Prep School, raising £270 for Sue Ryder – seeing her raise over £500 in total for the charity so far.
For more information on Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice visit www.sueryder.org/leckhampton
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