One of the supermarket displays.

Students at a West Norfolk school have been putting their lockdown time to good use  by writing messages of kindness to care homes, NHS staff and supermarkets.

Marshland High School pupils have been completing kindness tasks to illustrate core values of kindness, respect and appreciation of key workers helping the community. 

More than 125 students from the school, part of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, have put pen to paper to help spread some cheer.

Care home resident Gwen Herbert with kindness letters.

“The letters sent by our students have been so respectful and honest and have shown a great awareness of the world around them while showing sympathy to others and we are all very proud of them,” said headteacher Craig Jansen.

Residents at Rose Lodge in Wisbech, High Haven at Downham Market, Hickathrift House at Marshland St James and Dove Court in Wisbech have received letters from 44 year seven students.

“I am writing to you to send happy thoughts to you and to let you know that times are hard for everyone right now, but we will get through this together and everything will be okay in the end,” one said.

Forty two pupils have written to local branches of Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Iceland thanking staff for their work during the pandemic. 

The letters have been made into displays in staff rooms and canteens.

“I am writing this letter to tell you how much my family and I think you’re doing such a great job at this difficult time. 

Care home resident Jean Hawes with kindness letters.

“You help everyone by providing them with food and daily products we need to survive and so you all deserve a letter saying how well you have done,” said one 13-year-old student.

Year 10 pupils have written to ambulance stations in King’s Lynn and Wisbech and to the communications team at Lynn’s  Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which produced a thank you video in response.

“I think you are doing a marvelous job being on the front line, you must all be facing so many different emotions at the moment and I can only imagine.

“You are putting your own lives at risk to care for patients that are sick or even have COVID-19, that in my eyes is incredible, you are all heroes,” said one student.

Another said “Every Thursday at 8pm I stand outside my front door and clap, cheer and make noise for all the frontline people because what you’re doing is so incredibly brave. 

“We have got rainbows and teddies in our windows to make this gloomy time a bit more happy.”