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.
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.”