Letchworth 10-year-old who missed meeting Jacqueline Wilson to take part in Great Ormond Street Hospital fundraiser gets prized personal postcard

Fan Hannah Thompson, 10, couldn't be there when her favourite author Jacqueline Wilson came to Letch

Fan Hannah Thompson, 10, couldn't be there when her favourite author Jacqueline Wilson came to Letchworth, but the writer sent her a special message - Credit: Archant

A Letchworth girl who missed out on seeing top children’s author Jacqueline Wilson because she was taking part in a race for charity was ‘over the moon’ when she received a postcard from the former Children’s Laureate.

Fan Hannah Thompson, 10, couldn't be there when her favourite author Jacqueline Wilson came to Letch

Fan Hannah Thompson, 10, couldn't be there when her favourite author Jacqueline Wilson came to Letchworth, but the writer sent her a special message - Credit: Archant

Ten-year-old Hannah Thompson took part in a 5k fundraising race for Great Ormond Street Hospital with her family on the day of Dame Wilson’s visit, and thus missed out.

“She was so upset when she found out the date Jacqueline Wilson was coming,” said Hannah’s mum Carol.

“We couldn’t get back on time. I said to her try to write a letter. This got to Jacqueline with the help of Hilary Kemp and Paul Wallace at David’s Bookshop, who passed it on.”

Only three days later a postcard from Jacqueline Wilson herself arrived at the Thompson house, complete with a personal message just for Hannah.


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“As I met her at school, I said to her: ‘close your eyes’, and she was just over the moon,” said Carol.

“We thought it was so lovely of Jacqueline to take the time to reply to one of her many adoring fans.”

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