TOD­DLER’S FRIENDLY CARDS

The Wokingham Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By JAMES HASTINGS

ZOE COR­REA is writ­ing dozens of Christ­mas cards to peo­ple she does not know.

The Twyford mum says she will never meet the peo­ple that her hand­made cards will be sent to.

But Zoe hopes her marathon ef­fort – aided by her 18-month old son Al­fie-Jay – will bring a lit­tle fes­tive cheer to an el­derly per­son liv­ing alone.

She is work­ing with the char­ity, Give and Take Care, which runs be­friend­ing schemes with older peo­ple across the coun­try.

Zoe’s cards, which she signs with a per­sonal greet­ing, will be de­liv­ered to the el­derly liv­ing on their own in time for Christ­mas.

She said she was in­spired to join the scheme fol­low­ing the death last year of her beloved Grand­fa­ther, An­thony.

“He died on Novem­ber 23, just 10 days be­fore my hus­band, Christo­pher and I were mar­ried,” she ex­plained.

“He was such a lovely man and we were very close, Grand­dad was in a care home in Guild­ford and he be­came very ill the month be­fore he died, aged, 92. I would visit him ev­ery sec­ond day along with Al­fieJay.

“He and the other res­i­dents loved our vis­its and ev­ery­one was so fond of Al­fie-Jay. Af­ter Grand­dad died, I con­tin­ued vis­it­ing the home with my son and we were al­ways given a won­der­ful wel­come.

“It made me re­alise how lonely older peo­ple can be­come. When I heard about the Christ­mas let­ter writ­ing cam­paign, I just had to join in.”

Zoe uses an im­print of Al­fie-Jay’s foot and with her artis­tic skills and some craft­work, turns the image into a rein­deer.

“I write a mes­sage inside the card and both Al­fie-Jay and my­self sign it. We don’t know to whom it will be de­liv­ered so the char­ity will write the per­son’s name.

“Many el­derly peo­ple liv­ing on their own never re­ceive any­thing in the mail ex­cept bills or fly­ers. I hope our Christ­mas cards will bring a lit­tle cheer to them at a time of year when be­ing alone can be even more sad.”

Zoe says she is now plan­ning to join a pen-pal let­ter writ­ing scheme run by Give and Take Care.

“Writ­ing a let­ter does not take much time but it is very per­sonal and will bring a lot of joy to some­one on their own.

“I would en­cour­age any­one to join the Christ­mas card project. It might well be the best gift an el­derly per­son re­ceives this year.”

Zoe has launched a Face­book page about her Christ­mas card scheme. For fur­ther de­tails, go to: AJMak­ingAS­tamp

Above: The Cor­reas with Al­fie-Jay’s cards. Right: Al­fie-Jay with Zoe’s grandpa An­thony John­son last year. Be­low: Some of the fin­ished fes­tive cards

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