A warm-hearted teenager from Bury St Edmunds who left ‘lovely letters’ around town to cheer people up has had a phone call from the woman who inspired her.
Emily Mason, 18, of Plovers Way, stuck words of encouragement to lamp posts, traffic lights and bus stops in Bury telling people not to give up and to do what makes them happy, inspired by her favourite book, Jodi Ann Bickley’s, ‘A Million Lovely Letters’.
The book tells how Jodi, when diagnosed with a long term illness in her early twenties, decided to remain positive by writing hundreds of handwritten letters to help people through difficult times in their lives.
After reading in the Bury Free Press about what Emily was doing, Jodi gave her a call - much to the teenager’s surprise.
Emily, who is currently revising for her ‘A’ Levels, said: “She phoned me while I was doing my revision.
“I picked up the phone and she said it was Jodi - it was kind of surreal really. She said she thought what I was doing was amazing and that she was pleased there was someone doing the same sort of thing as her. “She said how lovely it was to have inspired someone so young. “I have read her book so many times to hear her voice was really weird - in a good way.”
“I have been revising so much in the last couple of weeks I haven’t written any more notes.
“My last exam is on Friday so hopefully after that I can do some more.
“It was lovely because Jodi also sent me a text before one of my exams to say good luck.”