'I can't thank them enough' - elderly Sheffield woman's heartelt reaction after receiving gifts from community

A local community have surprised an elderly lady with gifts and well wishing cards to support her through the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 4:16 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd March 2020, 4:16 pm

Anne Thomas, aged 93 from Fulwood, Sheffield, told the Star that she could not thank members of her community enough for the gifts she has received and suggests that the gesture is extremely encouraging.

The coronavirus has struck fear and uncertainty across communities all over the country, now more so than ever, we are witnessing people come together in support for those most vulnerable.

With social distancing in full swing, members of the Fulwood community have continued to send chocolates and cards with encouraging messages to Anne to keep her spirits high.

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Fulwood Christ Church, where the inspiration to support Anne in isolation began.

Anne said: “I can’t thank members of the local community enough. The fact that they are even thinking about doing something for someone they don’t even really know is incredibly special.

“Things have really been getting worse for me with regards to my dementia, however, I’m still with it enough to be able to cook my own meals and look after myself in that sense.

“Now with this coronavirus going around, it really doesn’t create much of a happy situation for anybody. I said to my daughter not long ago that it really makes my day when somebody passing by takes the time to simply wave at me.

“The kind acts of people delivering cards and gifts really shows what we can do when we unite through a crisis. It does restore my faith in humanity, I think it really is lovely.”