Jessica, 9, rhymes for a reason to help Dacorum age charity

A poetry competition has raised £50 towards a dementia support club as well as put smiles on the faces of the elderly.

Jessica Morris, nine, of Holtsmere End Junior School, won the contest with the theme ‘When I’m 64’, run by Age UK Dacorum and Sainsbury’s Woodhall Farm.

Poetry competition winner Jessica Morris with Mike Judge of Sainsbury's Woodhall Farm and Michelle Law from Age UK Dacorum.

Poetry competition winner Jessica Morris with Mike Judge of Sainsbury's Woodhall Farm and Michelle Law from Age UK Dacorum.

Jessica attended Dudley House sheltered accommodation complex in Bovingdon to collect her prize and spend time with some of the people who benefit from the charity’s work.

She said: “I like writing poetry, we learn about it at school.

“It was exciting to find out I had won. My poem was about wanting to get up and play when I’m older, I want to be active and cool.”

Sainsbury’s Woodhall Farm’s commercial manager Mike Judge, who acted as judge in the competition, said: “Jessica’s was a poem that hit the subject spot on.

“For a nine-year-old to come up with a great poem is just excellent.”

Jessica’s poem, When I’m 64, reads:

When I’m 64

I will not be a bore

I will jump around

And laugh and play

Just like I did in my old day!

I’m not like the old grannies

Who sleep all day and snore

I’ll play with all the dolls houses

Just like I did before

I will play with all my grandchildren

They’ll think I’m oh so fun

But when the end comes

They won’t go back to MUM!

Community fundraiser at Age UK Dacorum Michelle Law said: “This competition has been part of our year-long campaign with Sainsbury’s in Woodhall Farm raising money for a new COGS dementia club in Hemel Hempstead, supporting people with mild to moderate memory difficulties.

“We wanted children to write about older age in a positive way, and Jessica came up trumps.”