Caring youngster Lucy Turley thinking of others this Christmas

Photo: SM201211-014ow.jpg'Lucy Turley, six, with a letter she sent to the Mercury about the importance of Christmas shoeboxes being sent abroad.
Photo: SM201211-014ow.jpg'Lucy Turley, six, with a letter she sent to the Mercury about the importance of Christmas shoeboxes being sent abroad.

CHRISTMAS can be a very emotional time - and it affects us all in different ways.

For one little Stamford girl it has been about deeply heartfelt concern for children less well off than herself.

Lucy Turley, who will celebrate her seventh birthday on New Year’s Eve, came home from St Gilbert’s School one day recently full of pride in the fundraising and shoebox filling that she and her fellow pupils were doing to help others this Christmas.

Her proud mum Lyndsay says: “She begged me to let her knock on the neighbours’ doors and share how she felt about it.

“I told her it wouldn’t be appropriate to bother the neighbours with it and she was reduced to tears. ‘It’s important’, she cried. So I asked her to write her thoughts down and we would find a way to share them. Now I am the one reduced to tears.”

Mrs Turley sent Lucy’s letter to the Mercury and we reproduce it below.

I am Lucy and I am six years old. I like raising money for charity to help people have a better Christmas and life.

I have been helping the Children’s Society and my school is helping Barnado’s as well. I feel happy that I am helping other children that are having a hard life.

I want to tell everybody so they understand how important it is.

Lucy Turley