10-year-old's poem published in new anthology about pandemic

A 10-year-old girl has had one of her poems included in a collection written by people working on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic and people affected by the virus.

Ebony Errington-Beech who attends Alderley Edge Community Primary School has had her work published in an anthology along with 100 other poets called 'Poems for a Pandemic'.

Ebony wrote her poem for Captain Tom Moore for his 100th Birthday to say thank you for all he has done for the NHS.

Her mother Vanessa posted the poem, which was sent to Captain Tom, on the Clap for Tom Facebook page and was then contacted by Angela Marston the editor of the book. Angela loved Ebony's poem and asked if she would like to be part of Poems for a Pandemic.

Vanessa said "We couldn't be more proud of Ebony. She has a real passion for poetry and really wants to make a difference in the world."

All revenues from the sale of e-book, which goes on sale tonight (Wednesday, 17th June) will go to NHS Charities Together for their Covid-19 appeal.

Ebony said ""I am very excited that I am a published poet at 10 years old - I feel very honoured to be part of such an amazing cause. I hope Poems for a Pandemic raises lots of money for NHS Charities Together."

Angela Marston, a retired Palliative Care Nurse who spent nearly 40 years in the NHS and Hospice services, wrote her first poem whilst self-isolating with Covid-19. She created this anthology of poems from nurses, doctors, and teachers; pharmacists and journalists; child protection officers and food bank volunteers. The writers range from the age of nine to 92.

Angela said "This is history in the making and these poems record for all eternity the thoughts and feelings of ordinary people at an extraordinary time.