A big-hearted Belfast girl has displayed a great sense of community spirit and togetherness by writing a generous letter to a 90-year-old self-isolating neighbour.
Little Josie is just five years old but had the awareness to think about those who could be vulnerable and lonely during the coronavirus pandemic.
She wrote a lovely letter to her neighbour Ellen who has been forced to self-isolate because of the spread of the virus.
Josie often visits her elderly neighbour and spends time with her and her dog Honey.
Unfortunately, due to the lockdown measures imposed by the government, the two friends cannot physically spend any time together at the moment.
However, that didn’t mean that Josie was not still thinking about Ellen, so she decided to write her a letter to check how she was doing.
Josie wrote: “To Eileen, I miss you and Honey. I hope you are keeping good.
“I will see you after the coronavirus, love Josie.”
The kind message was a great pick-me-up for Ellen, who is classed as a vulnerable person regarding the risk of infection and so has been isolated alone at home.
Ellen’s grandson Kieran is a registered nurse and checks in on her every evening.
He said his granny was delighted with the letter and praised young Josie for her generosity and community spirit.
He said: “She was overjoyed about the letter, just delighted.
“Josie would call in to see my grandmother for a wee yarn regularly, but with the recent measures on self-isolation, she hasn’t been able to.
“So, it has just been just my granny and her dog Honey in the house.
“I come by every night and do the night checks to see if she is okay and is getting on well and when I came in on Sunday I saw the letter on the fire place.
“It shows the community spirit and I think at a time, especially with people like my grandmother are very lonely, for a young girl and a family to take the time out and go out of their way was lovely.”