Always look on the bright side! Ipswich nine-year-old’s uplifting message wins contest

Jazmine Hodding, aged nine, from Ipswich, won the Specsavers postcard competition. Picture: SPECSAVE

Jazmine Hodding, aged nine, from Ipswich, won the Specsavers postcard competition. Picture: SPECSAVERS - Credit: Archant

Some things in life might be really bad – but this Ipswich girl is hoping this colourful postcode she has designed during the Covid-19 lockdown will help things turn out for the best.

Jazmine Hodding, aged nine, from Ipswich, won the Specsavers postcard competition. Picture: SPECSAVE

Jazmine Hodding, aged nine, from Ipswich, won the Specsavers postcard competition. Picture: SPECSAVERS - Credit: Archant

Jazmine Hodding entered the Specsavers competition to design the cover for postcards sent to its older customers who are unable to leave their homes.

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The postcard contains details of key support groups, such as Royal Voluntary Service – but the nine-year-old also wanted it to include an uplifting message.

Her colourful design encourages people to “always look on the bright side of life” - and captured the imagination of war veteran and judge Bill Needham, with he and his wife Jean choosing it as the winner.

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“I wanted to enter this competition as my grandparents have been in isolation and I miss them,” said Jazmine.


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“I think they’d love to receive this postcard to put on the fridge and put a smile on their faces.”

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Sam Ward, director of services and deputy chief executive of Royal Voluntary Service, said: “Many older people are missing human interaction and something as simple as a friendly phone call or receiving some cheerful post can really make someone’s day.”

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