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02 Oct 2022

Inspirational Donegal schoolgirl’s ‘Lockdown Stories’ help Jack and Jill Foundation

Naomi was just nine years old when she wrote her beautiful book

Naomi Speer

Naomi Speer raised €1,570 with her creative 'Lockdown Stories'

A lockdown initiative by a big-hearted Donegal schoolgirl will help provide care for some of Donegal’s sickest children.

Naomi Speer wrote her wonderful book and raised €1,570 for the Jack and Jill Foundation.

The organisation provides nursing support for families caring for their seriously ill babies and young children at home. A spokesperson for the Jack and Jill Foundation said the money raised by Naomi would provide over 87 hours of nursing care for the six Donegal children currently under our wing. 

“Thanks Naomi for your kindness and wonderful talent!”

Naomi was nine years old and in Fourth Class at Cashelshanaghan NS when she wrote her book.

In her author’s biography at the back of her book, she said: “I started to write these stories during lockdown. Daddy and my three brothers were out farming, and Mammy was at work in the hospital looking after people that were very sick with Covid-19.”

Naomi thanked her teacher Ms Carr for her ongoing encouragement, her speech and drama teacher Karen Murphy for allowing her to explore her imagination through Zoom classes on creative writing, and Karen Johnston for proofreading and editing.

Naomi added: “A special word of thanks to my older brother Thomas for showing me how to use Google Docs ‘cause I am not very good at spelling.

“Finally, thank you for supporting Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation.

“I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I liked writing them. Sometimes my imagination is just a little crazy.”

Naomi has certainly put her ‘crazy’ imagination to very good use, entertaining people with her fantastic stories and helping families who are going through a very difficult time.

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