A MAN from Penrith who collected and distributed cards to thank NHS staff has been congratulated by The Queen.

Cameron Stewart received a letter from the Queen’s Lady in Waiting thanking him for the campaign he set up to collect an incredible 3,050 cards that went to 14 hospitals to thank NHS staff for their work during the pandemic.

The 21-year-old was surprised when he opened the letter. He said: “I was really proud and it was a fantastic feeling just to know that Her Majesty had read about what our local community had done.

“Being able to share the news with the people who supported the campaign in Penrith and across Cumbria and giving Cumbria that spotlight for it’s kindness — it was a really nice feeling to share that positivity with others.”

Cameron had the support from schools and businesses in the area and received the letter from Annabel Whitehead on the 73rd anniversary of the NHS.

“I’m really proud at how such a simple idea can grow into such a huge campaign,” he said.

“Somebody said to me if you think of an idea for people to support and get behind — they really will do.

“Because it takes one person to get the ball rolling, but once you do that, so many people come to help.

“Just that concept of making homemade cards, you don’t need any sort of skill, it’s just simply using your expression to do what you want to.

“It’s something that’s brought so much happiness and joy to the staff to know that the community truly appreciates what they do.”

Readers praised Cameron for his outstanding contribution to the community and charity.

Doreen Philips said: “This warmed my heart. Congratulations Cameron! Much deserved.”

Ted Moore said: “We need more people like you, Cameron.”

Dennis Dredger said: “Great that you have been recognised after all this time — keep up with the incredible work.”