Competition winner Evie Jarrett is pictured with her little sister Lydia.

Dear Lydia – ten-year-old’s winning piece of writing

Children’s author Michael Murpurgo was one of the judges in a writing competition which has been won by a ten-year-old pupil at Framfield Primary School.

Evie Jarrett, who lives in Ridgewood, Uckfield, chose to write an open letter to her three-year-old sister Lydia as her entry and it was chosen from among 800 other entries as the winner.

Michael Murpurgo

Evie’s prize is tickets to see Michael Murpurgo’s play Running Wild in London with all transport and accommodation costs paid.

She has also won a set of books signed by Murpurgo and her winning letter will be published in First News, a weekly newspaper for children aged seven to 14, on Friday, May 27.

Evie’s 10km walk

Not only has Evie’s writing ability been recognised, she recently completed a 10km Young Epilepsy Purple Walk to raise funds as her friend’s sister suffers from sleep epilespy.

She has reached her target of being sponsored for this event but you could still donate at her JustGiving page.

The walk was part of her personal challenge badge at Cubs.

Read Evie’s letter to her sister:


Dear Lydia,

There are two doors to this world. Through one is the planet of light, through the other is the dark planet.

The planet of light is peaceful, bright, clean and full of nature. The dark planet is diseased, dirty, sad and tired.

However, you are walking straight towards the planet of light.

Just as I have to you, you need to help this planet grow, you need to raise it as your sibling.

Share what you have with everyone around you, and care for them as your own.

Respect the knowledge of your elders and learn from them, teach what you have learnt to others and love the world as if it were your sister.

Re-use everything you use then replace it with more.

Listen to others as I have to you and make it fair, whether it’s food, plants or even turns on a swing Lydia, it will make this world brighter.

As much as you care for this world you should play and have fun in it, explore and find new places.

When you are patient in this place you will find you enjoy it much more, but as much as you enjoy this planet you must keep it safe, happy and bright.

So Lydia, it is up to you, you are the key to the door but which will you choose? Your decision could change the world.

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