'You are very brave': Eight-year-old writes letter to NHS staff at New Cross Hospital

By Thomas Parkes | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

An eight-year-old girl from Wolverhampton has written a letter to staff at New Cross Hospital to praise them for their hard work.

Eight-year-old Evie-Grace Ward

Evie-Grace Ward, from Castlecroft, wrote the note – complete with a drawing of a rainbow – to show her appreciation amid the coronavirus.

Jessica Starling, Evie's mother, said the youngster had been drawing rainbow posters before turning her attention to writing the piece.

The 31-year-old, who lives with partner Steve Ward, aged 36, and almost three-week-old Nancy Ward, said: "She came into the lounge and she said she had written a letter for NHS staff to thank them for all they've done.

"She said they were 'very brave' and she has a good understanding – we've told her as much as we can in a child-friendly way – and she's really appreciative of what they're doing.

The letter sent to New Cross Hospital.

"I'm trying to look after a newborn and entertain her at the same time and for her to sit there and write the letter quietly – off her own bat – I was very proud.

"I'm very proud of her – she's acknowledging the situation, which is a good thing, and we posted the letter on Sunday."


The letter, which features a rainbow and has a "Stay Safe" drawing, said: "To all NHS staff, thank you for looking after the poorly people with coronavirus.

"You are very brave in this situation. I love that your [sic] fighting hard on this.

"Love from Evie-Grace Ward, thank you."

Ms Starling, who is originally from Telford, said it was an emotional time for the family due to the lockdown.


"It's very emotional – it's not the start to Nancy's life we wanted [with coronavirus] but as long and she's safe – and we're all safe – we can cope," she said.

"It's quite overwhelming that we haven't been out as a family yet – we feel like we've been robbed of that, but we'll be able to do it soon.

"I think she wanted to show her appreciation. If we get a response, then that's amazing but we think it might not be yet – there's a lot for them to do.

"I think if someone opens it and smiles, or if they put it on the staff noticeboard, that'll be really nice."

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
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