Bury St Edmunds student Emily Mason spreads happiness with her ‘lovely’ notes

Emily Mason, a student at King Edward School in Bury, has been leaving supportive letters around the

Emily Mason, a student at King Edward School in Bury, has been leaving supportive letters around the school and community. - Credit: Archant

A student from Bury St Edmunds has been bringing a little cheer into people’s everyday lives through anonymous messages of support.

Emily Mason's letters.

Emily Mason's letters. - Credit: Archant

Emily Mason, 18, initially started leaving the notes around her school, King Edward VI in Bury, to help her fellow students through the exam period, but then she spread her messages wider into the local community.

Emily, from Plovers Way, has been placing them around her neighbourhood and Cullum Road, and has even had a few messages back in return.

The student, who hopes to study environmental sciences at university, said she was inspired by Jodi Ann Bickley’s book ‘One Million Lovely Letters’. The book follows the author’s own story of ill health and depression and how she started writing letters to tell people they are not alone.

Emily said: “When you leave one you just feel so much happier and positive on the day. You never know who’s going to read each one which is nice.”

A reply to one of Emily Mason's 'lovely letters' on Cullum Road, Bury St Edmunds.

A reply to one of Emily Mason's 'lovely letters' on Cullum Road, Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Contributed


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The notes she left around her school focused on helping students to deal with exam stress, but the ones for the community were “quite deep,” she said.

“[They were] about sort of not giving up and always prioritising your own happiness as well and not feeling like you should let anyone else get in the way of that.”

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