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Belfast girl to elderly neighbour staying at home over virus: ‘I will miss you’

Josie’s mother Laura Carson said it was part of a community effort being made in the area to look after the vulnerable.

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Eileen McCormick in Belfast holds a letter she received from Josie Carson, aged six (Liam McBurney/PA)

Eileen McCormick in Belfast holds a letter she received from Josie Carson, aged six (Liam McBurney/PA)

Eileen McCormick in Belfast holds a letter she received from Josie Carson, aged six (Liam McBurney/PA)

A six-year-old west Belfast girl has told her 90-year-old neighbour she will miss her as she stays at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Josie’s mother Laura Carson said a community effort was being made to look after the vulnerable.

Josie’s touching letter to Eileen McCormick read: “I miss you and Honey (her Patterdale terrier).

“I hope you are keeping good.

“I will see you after the coronavirus.

“Love, Josie.”

Ms Carson said she was used to seeing Ms McCormick regularly because she lives near her granny.

She added: “West Belfast gets such a bad rap.

“You say you are from West Belfast and people think you are going to steal your car.

“There are a lot of good people around.”

Ms McCormick said she was staying at home and her family were doing her shopping for her.

She said: “It was lovely to get the letter, she is a great wee girl, she is very bright.”

Ms Carson paid tribute to the community spirit in west Belfast.

“The amount of things that people here have done in the community to help serve the needy has been amazing, even businesses are giving away their food,” she added.

PA