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Letters From Lockdown

1680. Arlo Bower
1681. Kika Bower

Arlo and Kika Bower, from London, wrote the ‘Letters from Lockdown’ book with their mother, Natasha Kaplinsky OBE, capturing the lockdown experience of hundreds of famous people, COVID heroes and frontline workers.

The idea for ‘Letters From Lockdown’ came when Arlo and Kika wrote an open letter wanting to understand other people’s experiences of lockdown. They asked: “What was lockdown like for you?”

The book is filled with a collection of letters that outline distinct and diverse lockdown experiences from over 100 contributors, including: Joe Wicks, the family of Capitan Sir Tom Moore, Dame Kelly Holmes, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Ed Sheeran, doctors, nurses, train drivers, environmentalists and many others who have been working on the frontline or trying to get the world back on its feet. All profits made from the book will be donated to Barnardo’s, the charity supporting the UK’s most vulnerable children. 

In a personal letter to Arlo and Kika, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“Thank you so much for inviting me to take part in your fantastic ‘Letters From Lockdown’ project. I think it is brilliant that you have been writing to a different person every day, collecting stories from around the world and raising money for a great cause.

I also write a letter every day to thank those in our country who are doing something special to help others, by recognising them as a Point of Light. So today I am delighted to recognise you both as the UK’s 1680th and 1681st Points of Light. Congratulations!

I am sure your book will be filled with wonderful stories of amazing things that people have done. I can’t wait to read it!

Congratulations again on becoming Points of Light and good luck with your book launch!”

Pictured below: Arlo and Kika writing letters to collect lockdown stories


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