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Unsung Heroes – the kindness of neighbours

Published Wednesday, 13 May 2020

A Coventry woman is proving the virus has turned many of us into caring and kind neighbours, by striving to make people laugh and smile during these uncertain times.

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Jenny Marshall’s house in the Ernesford Grange area of the city, has been a “highlight” for some passing residents doing their daily exercise, following her placing a “joke of the day” outside her door.

Jenny, a waitress at a local nature reserve is currently not working after her place of work has temporarily closed due to Covid-19. She has also been putting out lucky dips for passers-by and their families to help motivate children to be active.

Neighbour, Debora Stewart said: “My daughter, Ellie, pulled out an envelope which said she had won the “lockdown surprise”. The envelope contained a template and a note which gave instructions for Ellie to create a creature using the template, then post it back through the door along with a grown-up’s phone number.

“She did this, and the next day Jenny texted to say Ellie’s creature was ready. She had made Ellie’s design into a beautiful crocheted toy, including all the patterns and embellishments Ellie had added.

“I suspect she was probably up until very late making it for her, and all of that work for someone she doesn’t even know. It was such a kind and selfless act. It made Ellie feel very special - she said “it made me so happy. It really made my day”.

“Jenny’s act of kindness definitely helped to keep our spirits up during the lockdown, and it’s lovely that despite social distancing we have met a new neighbour and friend. It’s the small things, but they make such a difference!”

Jenny said: “I suffer with anxiety and depression, so it has helped me to focus on something good.

“My hope was that it would bring a smile to those who walk by on their allowed exercise.”

Spreading kindness, has not stopped there for Jenny who recently surprised her postman with crocheted Post-bear.

 “We should all realise that we are stronger than we think, and that small acts of kindness can go a long way. Our planet is resting and even in the darkest hours, there will be light” said Jenny.

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