Eloise rewarded for her ‘heart of gold’ in lockdown

Eloise holds her award, alongside Rotary Club of Louth branch president Pam Ashley-Marsh.Eloise holds her award, alongside Rotary Club of Louth branch president Pam Ashley-Marsh.
Eloise holds her award, alongside Rotary Club of Louth branch president Pam Ashley-Marsh.
The first of four ‘community champions’ have been chosen by the Rotary Club of Louth, celebrating the “courage, empathy and hard work of ordinary people” during the difficult last few months.

The first winner to be chosen is Eloise Hopkinson, 12, of Pippin Close, who kept up the spirits of the residents in her close with homemade treats, cards and pictures delivered every couple of weeks.

Eloise’s neighbour, Diana Duffin, nominated the youngster for the award, saying in her nomination form that she had brought a smile to every doorstep, adding that Eloise is “one very thoughtful, caring young lady and the shining light of our close.”

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In normal times, the Rotary Club would present the award at a club meeting, but this was not possible this year. Instead, the residents of Pippin Close decided to give Ellie a surprise street party. However, the weather made that option impossible too.

Elouise with her mum, Charlotte.Elouise with her mum, Charlotte.
Elouise with her mum, Charlotte.

In the end, residents gathered outside while the Rotary Club of Louth branch president, Pam Ashley-Marsh, presented a very surprised Eloise with her award.

Pippin Close residents have also joined together to buy her a Smart Television which she will receive shortly.

Eloise’s mum, Charlotte, told the Louth Leader that her daughter has a heart of gold.

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She added: “I honestly feel that she has brought light into so many peoples houses during a tricky time.

“Also, beyond that, it has united everyone down our road in a way that is beautiful. We know more than ever look out for each other.”

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