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Coronavirus: Come rain or shine, eight-year-old Missy thanks NHS in Telford

By Rory Smith | Donnington | Coronavirus | Published:

Even the rain which this week has brought was not enough to wash away this Thank You message, which greets residents and passersby of a cul-de-sac in Telford.

Missy Bennett, from Donnington, has drawn a large Thank You NHS on her street

The creation is the artwork of eight-year-old Missy Bennett, who spent hours designing and drawing the tributes near Turreff Avenue, in Donnington.

Having stood outside every Thursday at 8pm to show appreciation for health workers battling to reduce the spread of coronavirus, Missy said she wanted to go one step further in delivering her message of gratitude.

"I just wanted to bring a smile to people who see it," she said.

"The colouring in was my favourite part and drawing the rainbows takes the longest, but I'm going to do more as soon as I can."

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Sarah, Missy's mother, said even the passing bus driver slowed to marvel at the eight-year-old at work.

She added: "We've been coming out at 8pm every Thursday but we're in a cul-de-sac so not a lot of people can hear us and Missy came up with idea to do something else.

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"With a bit of guidance from me and my neighbour, who gave her the crayons, Missy said she wanted to draw the thank you message on the floor right at the front of our cul-de-sac.

"She also did one down by the road with Turreff Avenue for everyone to see – I'm sure she would go right onto the main road if she could.

"People were stopping, taking photographs and asking if they could put it online.

"The bus driver came by two or three times and almost came to a stop to see what she was doing."

Missy added that she plans on recreating one of her pieces of art outside a nearby care complex to bring a smile to its elderly residents.

Rory Smith

By Rory Smith
Reporter - @rorysmith_star

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley, Telford.

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