Sale schoolgirl’s design for Cyril Flint Volunteers helps to beat loneliness

(l to r) Sahara De Ville from Cyril Flint volunteers, Megan and St Joseph’s teacher Sarah Bailey-Wiithers

(l to r) Sahara De Ville from Cyril Flint volunteers, Megan and St Joseph’s teacher Sarah Bailey-Wiithers

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A SCHOOLGIRL will see her artwork immortalised in stone after winning a competition run by a Sale-based charity – Cyril Flint Volunteers.

The challenge was to design an image around the theme of companionship and support.

It will be displayed on a 6ft memorial stone in the Floating Stone Memorial Garden in Worthington Park, Sale.

Megan, aged 11, a year six pupil at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, in Sale, impressed the judges with her drawing of a pair of clasped hands.

She beat around 100 other entries from various different schools around the Worthington Park area to win the competition.

Sahara De Ville, charity coordinator of Cyril Flint Volunteers, said: “It was agreed Megan’s drawing was a perfect fit. Not only is it beautiful, it’s incredibly symbolic for the charity's cause. Companionship and friendship are the sentiments behind the scheme, and Megan’s design portrays them beautifully."

Megan's artwork will be unveild withing the next month or so, although the exact date has not been confirmed.

The Cyril Flint Volunteers Charity is an befriending service, designed to tackle loneliness within the community.

The service’s namesake – Cyril Flint – was an elderly pensioner living on his own in the Trafford area, who spent 23 lonely Christmas' alone following the death of his wife. The charity was set up by Homecare Support, after learning of Cyril’s heart-wrenching experience.

Since its creation, the scheme has successfully grown throughout the Trafford and Manchester area.

For more information about the charity, to volunteer your time or make a donation, please visit or call 0161 942 4156.

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