Generous six year old embarks on crusade to end loneliness

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With so many of us making New Year resolutions to better ourselves this month, one local six-year-old is making an effort to do nice things for others instead.

Emmy Fisher, a six-year-old from Pinxton, ended 2016 by completing a thoughtful delivery of personalised Christmas cards to residents at the Alfreton-based Meadows Care Home, part of the Milford Care Group, and hopes to continue this goodwill into 2017.

Emmy, who was five-years-old at the time, visited Meadows Care Home with her father, Alex Fisher, 34, and her younger brothers Reuben, four, and Sebastian, two, to hand-deliver personalised Christmas cards to some of the 34 residents at the care home.

Alex said: “We often pass care homes on journeys like the school run, and Emmy is naturally very inquisitive and usually asks questions like ‘who lives there?’ and ‘why’.

“Recently, near Christmas time, we passed the care home and she asked if the residents will get Christmas cards too, as Emmy had just received some at school.
“I explained that the residents may not get many. Emmy decided that she wanted to send some to the residents herself, so we visited the 
care home and got the names of some of the residents to deliver cards to.”

The family visited the care home on 22 December, where they delivered Christmas cards to ten of the residents at the home. Alex added: “We thought getting the residents names was important, as we wanted it to be personalised and special for them, and the response was amazing.

“The residents loved that they were hand-delivered as they got a chance to chat with Emmy and her younger brothers whilst they received a card made especially for them, which made the residents light up.”

Emmy was delighted to learn on her visit that all residents receive a present from the Milford House family.  For many, the extra card was greatly appreciated by both residents and care home staff.

The thoughtfulness of Emmy’s good deed was noticed by care home staff manager, Michelle Sanders.  She said: “The residents were elated to receive their hand written Christmas cards from Emmy and her brothers.

“Having the children in the home talking to the residents put wonderful smiles on their faces.  Everyone present agreed that it was such a lovely thing to do.”

Emmy said: “I was nervous at first as I’d never been inside a place like it before, but when the residents smiled and were happy with their cards it made me feel happy too.”

Emmy already has more good-will gestures planned, and is hoping to take part in a charity park run later in the year.

This kind gesture is not a first for young Emmy, as her father Alex adds: “Emmy is very into helping, she goes litter picking regularly and always asks questions about the things around her which often leads to ideas and thoughts of another charitable activity.”

Alex, who was Chairman of the Parish Council at Wessington before moving to Pinxton, encourages his children’s evolvement in good-will gestures and hopes this is the start of a positive 2017 for the family.

He added: “We are very proud of Emmy, she’s always wanting to go litter picking and is very aware of how her actions can help others.”

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