Pin Your Thanks
Evie, aged 10, from Cumbria, designed the winning pin for the national #PinYourThanks initiative, within the children's competition.
The initiative was set up to provide people with an opportunity to give a specially designed pin badge to someone as a thank you for their support during COVID-19, and also features celebrity designers such as Keira Knightley and Ringo Starr. It will fundraise for NHS Charities and Volunteering Matters to support communities affected by COVID-19 and is entirely volunteer-led. Evie’s inspiration for the badge design came from her own family and the support they gave to her during lockdown.
In a personal letter to Evie, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I was uplifted to hear how the kindness and support of your own grandmother inspired your award-winning design for the ‘Pin Your Thanks’ campaign.
“I am delighted by the ingenious ways in which people have shown their gratitude to our wonderful NHS workers and your design will be pivotal in raising funds for NHS Charities and Volunteering Matters.”
“I can’t believe I’ve been awarded this, I’m just delighted I’ve helped raise money for such a good cause.”
Clive Little, co-founder of the #PinYourThanks initiative, said:
“The whole #PinYourThanks team is thrilled to see Evie recognised in this way. Her design was so considered and a true representation of communities around the world coming together to help fight this pandemic. It has been incredibly rewarding for our whole family of volunteers to watch Evie’s design come to life and her pin badge was the perfect addition to all the other celebrity designs. We know people will have gone through a lot over the past few months so we’re glad to be giving the British public something unique and authentic to offer as a token of thanks to those that have supported them during the pandemic.”