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Girl, 9, asks Queen to share wealth with poor

9 year-old Nyah Holden, of Douglas Avenue Wesham, who wrote a letter to the Queen about her concerns for the poor and the lack of help for them, and received a reply from Buckingham Palace.
Nyah with her letter.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
18-2-2013

9 year-old Nyah Holden, of Douglas Avenue Wesham, who wrote a letter to the Queen about her concerns for the poor and the lack of help for them, and received a reply from Buckingham Palace. Nyah with her letter. PIC BY ROB LOCK 18-2-2013

“YOU are a very wealthy lady and I think you should share some of your money with poor people as it would be of more help to them than it is to you.”

This cheeky youngster may have been voicing what some people think but few would have the courage to actually put it to Her Majesty.

Nine-year-old Nyah Holden feels so strongly about cash for the poor she took her case straight to the top.

And she has now received a reply from the Palace, thanking her for the message.

Nyah, of Douglas Avenue in Wesham, said: “I sent a letter a couple of months ago after the Jubilee. I just think poor people don’t have enough help.”

Nyah wrote the letter to go into a card she had made to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

She spoke to her grandfather Peter Thickett about whether a letter was OK to send, and he told her to go for it.

Mr Thickett said: “I thought it was just going to be congratulating her on the Jubilee. When I saw it we put it in an envelope, addressed it and sent it off.”

The family was surprised to receive a letter back from the Palace on Sandringham House notepaper from one of the Queen’s Ladies in Waiting some months later

It said: “The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for the special card which you made her Majesty.

“The Queen greatly appreciates the care you have taken with your card and Her Majesty was interested to see your message. The Queen was glad to hear from you and I hope you will understand that because her Majesty received so many cards and letters in her Diamond Jubilee year it has not been possible to thank you for yours until now.”

Mr Tickett added: “We were surprised to receive the letter back.

“As the letter says, the Queen gets so many.

“We thought as time went by she hadn’t received Nyah’s letter.

“Nyah has a very active mind, and she’s always coming out with such things like getting involved in Ramadan and helping the poor, and wondering things about the galaxy.

“I’m 64 and she’s keeping my mind active.”

Nyah’s mum Rachel was even more surprised to see her daughter’s note from the monarch, as she didn’t even know about the youngster’s letter.

She said: “I just thought it was something she’d done through school, and I thought everyone had a reply.

“She was very excited and now wants to write another letter to the Queen.”

 

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