A Gran Gesture
To say four year old Clarissa is close to her Granny Denise would be an understatement. Not a day goes by without grandmother and granddaughter speaking to each other, while during school holidays the pair spend much time in each other’s company, including going on trips to Cornwall together. So when Granny Denise got poorly after developing an aneurysm in her brain, young Clarissa wanted to do something to put a smile back on the face of her beloved grandmother. Clarissa’s mum, a Ms Felicity Greenfield from Derbyshire, picks up the story, “She decided to do something special to cheer up Granny…Clarissa has a lot of special memories with my mum and cares very deeply for her. There hasn’t been a day in Clarissa’s life when they haven’t spoken.” Even though she is only four years old, Clarissa means business. Mum Felicity continues, “She wanted to get letters from places they’d been together and places that Granny wanted to go. My mum loves it at Land’s End, in Cornwall, so Clarissa asked if we can get a message from the pirates there.” With the help of her mum, Clarissa launched an appeal on Facebook requesting letters from far flung places in the world, which they then planned to put into a scrapbook for Granny Denise’s 52nd birthday. The response was overwhelming. Within a week, Clarissa received over 160 letters from all over the world including Australia, China, Hong Kong, and the US. Letters closer to home also came flooding in including from Derby County footballers, the Shard in London and a Cornish donkey sanctuary. “What started off as a silly idea really has now become this big thing. I think people want to get involved because it’s from a little girl to her Granny,” added Ms Greenfield. And it seems Clarissa’s plan to cheer up her Granny has worked a treat. “I’m really proud of her”, said Granny Denise. “With my illness, I just try to get on the best I can – but it is what it is. It’s lovely to see that people are taking time out of their lives. You just think everyone is so wrapped in their own world and things can be very gloomy, so this really puts a smile on my face. I’ll always treasure it”. Now that is what you call a red letter day.