Kindness in Action

Kindness in Action

Recently, Weston Park Cancer Charity ran a very special competition, in support of the Age UK Sheffield Independent Living Coordinator service, which helps improve the lives of older cancer patients in the local community.


Pupils from a number of primary schools across the South Yorkshire region were asked to design a ‘Kindness Card’, to encourage children to share our beliefs, and show kindness to those living with cancer.


The judges, which included a patient from Weston Park hospital and two representatives from Age UK Sheffield, had a very tricky task choosing the winning design, which will be made into a greetings card and given as a gift to the older people Weston Park Cancer Charity and Age UK Sheffield supports, to brighten their day.


Eight year old Leo Watson, from Carterknowle Junior School, has been unveiled as the winner, and received a very special visit from our charity mascot, Westie. Leo’s unique design stood out for its “bold use of colour” and shows a heart filled nature scene.


Delighted to be announced as the competition winner, Leo said:


“I’m really happy I have won and I would love to take part in more competitions like this, so I can go on to help even more people. I just really wanted to help people – that’s all I wanted to do – and fortunately, I have.


“I chose this picture because love grows over the years, and sometimes, it bursts – just like nature. Kindness is like spring blossoms falling down into the breeze.”


Commenting on the competition, Head of Carterknowle Junior School, Gill Clark said:


“We were delighted as a federation to take part in the ‘Kindness card’ competition, and all the children enjoyed ‘Kindness Day’, which was organised by the School Council, where we raised money for Weston Park Cancer Charity.


“As part of the event, pupils designed ‘Kindness Cards’ and we are thrilled that Leo Watson in Y5 has been chosen as the competition winner.”


The Weston Park Cancer Charity team visited Carterknowle Junior School last week to present Leo with a certificate and pin badge, and to meet his parents, the pupils and teachers.


“We were blown away by the quantity and sheer creativity of the entries, and really enjoyed admiring the thought and care that had gone into each wonderful card,” Said Jade Hearsum, Community Fundraiser for Weston Park Cancer Charity.


“Choosing a winner proved to be a very difficult task; however, Leo’s design really stood out due to his bold use of colour to create an eye-catching and nature-inspired design.


“It was a delight meeting Leo and his family, as well as his school-friends and teachers at Carterknowle Junior School last week, at a special assembly to say thank you to Leo.


“Finally, I would like to thank all of the children who entered the competition for all of their hard work.”