Thoughtful foster children have sent out ‘wee hugs’ to isolated North Ayrshire residents.

Kids of the Ghillie Dhu Foster Group have been spreading some kindness during the coronavirus pandemic by sending out messages of hope by making cards, including a wonderful poem called ‘A Wee Ghillie Dhu Hug’, which are being distributed by local charity CLASP.

The aim is to let those who are isolated know that they have not been forgotten about during these difficult times.

One resident called CLASP and said: “I am just phoning to say a big, big thank you. I received a ‘hug’ from a seven-year-old that has made my day. What a beautiful idea and please pass on my thanks.”

Another said: “It was so nice to get it especially being on my own at this time. It is not easy.”

Councillor Robert Foster, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “Children of the Ghillie Dhu group are always taught about the importance of kindness, and activities such as this one can help the young people to understand and show empathy and care towards others.

“Things have been particularly difficult for many of our more vulnerable or isolated residents since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and we hope that these messages of support provide some comfort to those who are struggling at the moment.

“A huge thank you to all of the families, young people and staff for their hard work in making these cards.

“We’d also like to thank CLASP for allowing the children to be involved in such a worthwhile project.”

If you would be interested in making a difference to a young person’s life by becoming a foster parent call 01294 310300 to find out more.