Sheffield teacher's pom pom idea takes off nationwide

A Sheffield teacher's novel way to say thanks to key workers - show your pom poms - is proving so popular it is being copied nationwide.

Thursday, 9th April 2020, 1:29 pm
Updated Thursday, 9th April 2020, 4:22 pm

Annette Nicklin, aged 35, came up with the child-friendly way for children and adults to show appreciation for key workers during the coronavirus pandemic, which has gripped the world.

Initially Annette, who lives on Gleadless Road, Sheffield, took a bag of wool to a few neighbours, asking them to make a pom pom and display outside their homes. The initiative took hold in the neighbourhood and word spread between friends and colleagues.

Now it has become so popular that it is now being copied across the country. Small groups are making pom poms and putting them on display in York, Stockport and Chinley.

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Annette, who teachers at Hope Valley College, said: "A lot of children don't quite understand what's going on. They are at a bit of a loss as to what they can do to show their appreciation but anyone can make a pom pom.

"Show your thanks to everyone who's doing their bit,and brighten your area up."

Jennifer Cooper, 37, is a Blood Bank Team manager working at Calow Hospital in Chesterfield who loves the initiative. She said: "When I see them on my way to and from work they cheer me up.

"We plan to have a street party when this is over"

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