A GREAT BIG THANKYOU!
Write a thankyou letter to somebody you are grateful to, explaining how they have made a difference to your life recently.
Take a moment:
Take some thinking time During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all become much better aware of the important people in our lives and probably appreciate them a lot more. We are missing spending time with friends and members of our families, but we’ve also noticed enormous numbers of people who we probably don’t know as well, some we may never have met, and we’ve recognised what they do for us – our keyworkers. There are those in the NHS who are looking after us so well, care-workers, supermarket staff, pharmacists, delivery drivers, postal workers, men and women keeping public transport going and taxi drivers, our teachers and many more… Take a moment to consider everybody who helps you. Who has made a difference to your life recently, either directly or by doing something for someone close to you or your community? Choose one person, or one group of people, that you are particularly grateful to and who you think deserves to be told this. You might want to consider men and women who work in your local hospital, pharmacy or care home, supermarket or food store, driving buses, your teachers, postman, etc. Make a note of all the reasons to be thankful to them. Your thanks will mean more to them if you can also think of something particular they have done - one or two ways in which they have specifically made a difference to you over the past few weeks.
Draft your letter or thankyou card:
Planning your writing first will make a real difference to how clearly you can communicate to your reader. It’s important that they fully understand why you are writing to them, and that they are made to feel special. Jot down the sections you will write and decide on the best order.
You may find it useful to include the following:
• Who you are. Do NOT include personal details if you are writing to a stranger; you can, for example, just say you are a nine year-old who lives locally, but not mention your name or street, etc. You should check with whomever looks after you to see what information they are happy for you to share.
• A brief introduction to why you are writing. You may want to set this in context, e.g. how difficult things are right now and that it’s taught you about the importance of our keyworkers. Even simply telling your reader that you want to say thank you is fine. • Describe something the person or group of people has done that has benefitted you. Explain how this has affected you. Perhaps say why it’s made you want to write the letter.
• You could think of some more great things the reader has done or is doing and describe these, again explaining why it means a lot to you.
• You may want to end by wishing your reader something nice.
• Think about how you will sign off on your letter and consider your own safety with strangers. You could sign yourself ‘A well-wisher’, ‘A friend’, ‘A grateful customer’, etc. Write the first draft of your letter or card to say thank you.
Present and deliver your finished thankyou:
Re-read your thankyou and improve it. Think about how to make the purpose really clear and what you have said to make the recipient feel special and as though this is a personal thanks.
Proof-read your improved letter to check and correct spellings.
You may want to design a thankyou card yourself, or create an attractive border on whatever paper you will write on.
Copy out your thankyou letter or card in neat, making sure the recipient will be able to easily read your handwriting.
How will you get your thankyou to the person/people it is intended for? You can look up the addresses of local hospitals and shops, businesses, schools and transport firms, etc. online. If you’d like to post your letter, you can buy stamps from Royal Mail, either their online site or via an app, or you may prefer to deliver your letter yourself.
Share your work:
Take a photo of your letter or email it over to me on a word document.