A COMPETITION has been launched asking children to illustrate what they think life will be like after lockdown.

The changes to everyday life has been difficult for people of all ages, but none more so than children who have struggled to understand and adapt to the new reality.

"I reached out and invited schools to take part and I've got about 30 entries so far and am waiting to hear back from a couple of other schools," explained Reverend Nicki Pennington from St Michael’s church in Arlecdon near Frizington.

Children have been asked to draw a picture or write a story or poem about how they can make the world a better place after lockdown.

She has invited Montreal Primary School in Cleator Moor, Frizington Community Primary School, Arlecdon Primary School in Frizington and Saint Patrick's Primary School in Cleator Moor to take part.

"The idea is to connect with how to make the world a better place, what w have learned during the lockdown and what we can do in the future.

"Some of the responses have been brilliant. I've been really humbled. I was sat their on Saturday and was bowled over by them.

"The lockdown has been a lot to deal with for this young generation."

There will be four prizes on offer, with book tokens awarded for:

  • Best picture in key stage one;
  • Best picture in key stage two;
  • Best story or poem in key stage one;
  • Best story or poem in key stage two.

After the prizes have been awarded, the art will be donated to two local care homes: Wyndham Manor in Cleator Moor and The Gables in Hensingham.

"We wanted to do something for them, they have been through so much," explained the reverend. We wanted to reach out to them to show we are still thinking about them and that they are in our thoughts and in our prayers.

"We could take them and each person can have a poem, a picture or story to stick on the wall, to show they are being thought and cared about."

The reverend has been pleased with what has been submitted so far.

"Some of the kids have talked about spending quality time with family, not on games and such like.

"Another said that when lockdown is over they will hug their Nanas and Grandas so tight."