Alex Patterson â€“ A grateful Finalist in National Letter Writing Competition
Over 40,000 young people have taken part in the 2016 Thank You Letter Awards and Alex Patterson, Year Nine, was selected as one of only 30 finalists.
Alex wrote a thank you letter to her Grandfather, thanking him for all that he does for their family and the wider community. Her letter is a moving tribute to someone whom she admires.
The competition was organised by the Jubilee Centre which promotes character virtues, such as courage, justice, honesty and gratitude in the contexts of the family, school, community, university, professions, voluntary organisations and the wider workplace.
Alex attended an awards ceremony at the University of Birmingham earlier in the month, where Malala Yousafazi’s father spoke of his gratitude to the people who had helped his daughter to settle in the UK.
Alex says, “I am really proud of my Grandad and wanted to show him how grateful I am. I was very excited to be picked to go to the University of Birmingham and to represent RGS in the finals.”
Here is her letter:
I admire my Grandad.
My Grandad has always been there for me, he has taught me loads throughout these 13 years and I know I can tell him everything. Most people admire athletes and pop stars, but I know I definitely admire my granddad. He has really showed my how to become a better person and I really look up to him. He is very caring and generous and works hard in everything he does and always accepts a challenge and I really admire that.
He always thinks about others not himself and when my granny had a stroke he went to visit her in hospital everyday and spend time with her for hours and when she came home she had to be in a wheelchair for five years and my grandad did everything for her and took her everywhere. When my granny sadly passed away at home surrounded with all of the family the doctors sent my granddad a letter saying we are humbled about the care that he gave. My grandad also did so much for my granny’s mother and she was in a nursing home and my grandad also visited her everyday and looked after her with my granny.
Even though my grandad is 83 he is still doing so much, like he has volunteered to drive the elderly to hospital appointments because they can’t do it themselves. I really admire my grandad for all that he has done and I really look up to him and like to thank him for all he has done for me and my family.