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Reader’s letter: Importance of families – and why I should be new Leeds Children’s Mayor

Dear sir,-

My name is Lucy Peacock and I am 10 years old. I go to Horsforth Newlaithes Primary School.
I’ve been told that I am one of the 12 finalists of the Leeds Children’s Mayor competition. I am the
only child that has been shortlisted in Horsforth and I would love your support.

My manifesto is to raise awareness of the struggles faced by families and children due to the cost
of living crisis. Lots of children do not have three meals a day because their parents have to pay for
bills and petrol instead. Covid has impacted families too as lots of people have lost their jobs.
Every child deserves to be fed without worrying about going hungry.

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I plan to hold completely free events to raise awareness of the crisis that will involve the whole
community so that noone feels left out or ashamed. At these events there will be information and
tips about making your money go further and free food, drinks and activities like arts and crafts and
sports so that children can still have fun with their families. As well as helping with money we will
ask the local supermarkets to donate food past its sell by date helping to reduce food waste.

Voting in the election is open until 26 September and the person with the most votes will be
chosen to be the Children’s Mayor. I will be doing lots of campaigning with my family but I’d really
like your help to get more votes and to tell more people about my idea. My Uncle has also made
me a poster which I would be happy for you to share.

Thank you very much for your help.

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