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Heacham teenager creates 'hug cards' to bring joy to loved ones during lockdown



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A teenager from Heacham has been creating ‘hug cards’ during lockdown for the loved ones he is unable to embrace at the moment.

Owen Welham, 17, a student at Lynn’s College of West Anglia (CWA), started making the cards for friends and family as a way of “bringing joy to people” who he has to stay socially-distant from for the time being.

Owen’s mum Michelle Welham said: “Owen would usually be with his friends at college.

Owen Welham, 17, from Heacham who has been creating hug cards. Picture: SUBMITTED. (36447364)
Owen Welham, 17, from Heacham who has been creating hug cards. Picture: SUBMITTED. (36447364)

“He’s found it particularly hard to understand why college is shut, why he can’t see his friends but more importantly why he can’t give those close friends and family a hug.

“So he has been finding ways of bringing joy to people by making hug cards and surprising people.”

Michelle said Owen loves to hug his loved ones, so by sending out his hug cards along with personalised notes, it has helped him understand the situation and keep him busy during the coronavirus lockdown.

Owen Welham, 17, from Heacham who has been creating hug cards. Picture: SUBMITTED. (36447366)
Owen Welham, 17, from Heacham who has been creating hug cards. Picture: SUBMITTED. (36447366)

“Owen is a very huggy child and suddenly when ever he saw friends and family, when in full lockdown, he couldn’t give them a hug,” she added.

“It was really hard for him to understand, so we came up with this idea of sending everyone a hug with a little note in it.

“He’s had some really lovely replies from friends and family saying they are keeping their hugs with them.”

When he can return to college, Owen will sell his hug cards, along with sunflowers he has planted, through CWA’s enterprise scheme – with money raised going to the college’s amenity funds.

“It’s really kept him going during this awful time because it’s really hard for those kids to comprehend what’s going on,” Michelle added.

“He’s still in the vulnerable category and making the cards has just given him something to do.

“He’s made lots of hug cards really – it’s cost us a fortune in postage!”



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