Moved to tears by daf­fodil gift for Lent

Young girl plans 40 flo­ral sur­prises for strangers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by TOM HERBERT tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

A NINE-year-old girl from Ger­rards Cross is on a one per­son mis­sion to spread a bit of hap­pi­ness over Lent.

In­stead of giv­ing up choco­late or sweets, Nicole Vitty has made the de­ci­sion to give out a bunch of daf­fodils and a hand writ­ten card to one stranger a day for 40 days.

On Mon­day (March 6), Nicole and her mum Jayne Sharp were on their cam­paign when they gave out their gifts to a woman who then promptly burst into tears.

The re­cip­i­ent of the gift, Pauline Traf­ford, told the young­ster and her mum they were her late mum’s favourite flower and that she was strug­gling with the idea of Mother’s Day fast ap­proach­ing.

Miss Sharp, 39, of Hedger­ley Lane, said this ran­dom act of kind­ness made the woman feel like her late mother and fate ‘some­how had some­thing to do with this’.

She said: “The lady couldn’t stop hug­ging Nicole. She said to her, what a won­der­fully kind thing for you to do. We all stood there in tears.”

And added: “She said, ‘I’m go­ing to put these up in my kitchen’.

“Hope­fully it will make her feel a lit­tle bit bet­ter on Mother’s Day.”

Nicole, a year five pupil at the Chal­font Saint Peter CofE Acad­emy, was given the idea thanks to an assem­bly she had at school.

Ac­cord­ing to her mother, the chil­dren were told that giv­ing other peo­ple presents is bet­ter than re­ceiv­ing things.

Nicole then came home and told her mum what she wanted to do and came up with the idea, set­ting about her task with gusto and writ­ing all the mes­sages in the cards her­self. Miss Sharp said: “I thought it was a lovely idea. It was all off her own back and I thought it was re­ally sweet and re­ally kind.”

But this level of gener- os­ity is not un­usual for young Nicole, who has al­ways en­joyed mak­ing peo­ple happy.

Miss Sharp said: “This is just her, she’s al­ways loved giv­ing things to peo­ple. She’s a re­ally gen­er­ous lit­tle girl.”

And added: “I’m re­ally proud, but it’s just her – she’s just a kind per­son.

“It’s nice for Nicole to see the ef­fect when she sees their faces.”

Nicole, who will be a brides­maid at a her mum’s wed­ding in June, picks peo­ple she thinks have nice faces.

Miss Sharp added: “There’s so much hor­ri­ble stuff go­ing on it re­ally does give you faith when you hear some­thing like that.”

Ms Traf­ford has since writ­ten to Nicole’s school thank­ing the young­ster for her ‘ won­der­ful act of kind­ness’.

In her note Ms Traf­ford said: “She is an ab­so­lute credit to her school and her par­ents, I am sure she will ma­ture into a very car­ing adult.”

Nicole Vitty with the re­cip­i­ent of her first bunch of flow­ers. Be­low, Nicole’s note

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