Seventeen year old Sea Cadet Apple-Jane from Brentwood has written a letter for all children who, like her, have a parent who is a front line worker.
Her letter, a heartfelt message of reassurance, is the latest in a series of goodwill gestures this Sea Cadet has made.
Apple-Jane has been volunteering during the coronavirus lockdown by supporting the lonely and vulnerable. She has been phoning members of the local community in need of a friendly chat, through the Brentwood Covid-19 Mutual Aid group and the Royal Naval Association.
She has also been supporting the elderly members of her family. Last week, she realised that it is mainly the older people in the community that she is helping and so she decided to write a letter to the children of Covid-19 Front Line and Key Workers. Her actions contribute to her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteering section.
She sent the letter to her English teacher and the Sea Cadets and both have been blown away.
Leading Cadet Apple-Jane said she would like as many children as possible to read it, with the hope that they will realise that they are not alone.
Photo of Brentwood Sea Cadets Leading Cadet Apple-Jane, taken at the end of last year, when she passed her RYA Safety Boat and Powerboat Instructor course.
Photo and story courtesy of the Commanding Officer of the Brentwood Sea cadets, PO (SCC) Samantha Hayward