A four-year-old girl’s love for her poorly grandmother has spread around the world in her bid to create a scrapbook full of love letters.
Clarissa Greenfield, a pupil at Church Gresley Infants' School, is on a mission to encourage individuals and organisations to copy her love letter to her gran, Denise Mansfield, snap a photo containing the note and send it back to her.
Now, the letter has reached as far as America and Hong Kong, and closer to home at Hoar Cross Hall, near Burton, and Cadbury’s, near Birmingham.
Caterer Mrs Mansfield, of Hereford Crescent, Midway, suffered two aneurysms and has been left unable to stand bright lights and has reduced use of the left-hand side of her body.
While the 51-year-old has been left heavily affected, her granddaughter is hoping to put a smile back on her face by creating a scrapbook containing photos of her love letter from around the world.
It will be given to Mrs Mansfield on her 52nd birthday in March. She suffered her first aneurysm on Christmas Day 2015.
Her daughter, Felicity Greenfield, 24, said: “My cat got the blame because she is allergic to cats. She couldn’t see out of one eye and she had severe headaches.
"An MRI confirmed she had suffered an aneurysm. Mum put on a brave face and carried on."
However, she later suffered a second aneurysm.
Mrs Greenfield, of Flora Grove, Ashby, said: "One aneurysm has been operated on and the other is awaiting surgery depending on the growth. The first surgery left my mum with reduced use to her left side. This has meant mum has had to buy an automatic car, change her lifestyle, wears splints for bed and, all day, she still suffers with horrific headaches and can’t stand bright lights."
Now Clarissa wants to put a smile back on her gran's face.
Mrs Greenfield said: "It started when my daughter wanted everyone to know how much she loves her gran.
"She loves my mum to pieces. Every day Clarissa rings my mum and at the end of the call she says 'granny I love you so much it reaches … wherever we have been recently. Clarissa and I decided to see how far we could get her love to granny to travel.
"I am on a Facebook baking group which has a lot of people from all over the world. I asked if they would share Clarissa’s handwritten message and we had photos back from as far away as America and Hong Kong. Clarissa then started writing lists of her favourite places to go and emailed people with her message.
"Everyone we have heard back from has loved it. It was originally 100 letters but we have had about 170. The photos will then go into a scrapbook to give to her grandmother as a surprise for her birthday but she has got wind of it now!"
An aneurysm refers to a weakening of an artery wall that creates a bulge, or distention, of the artery. Most aneurysms do not show symptoms and are not dangerous. However, at their most severe stage, some can rupture, leading to life-threatening internal bleeding.
Aneurysms have a variety of causes including high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, trauma, heredity, and abnormal blood flow at the junction where arteries come together. There are other rare causes of aneurysms.
Blood flow often slows in the bulging section of an aortic aneurysm, causing clots to form. If a blood clot breaks off from an aortic aneurysm in the chest area, it can travel to the brain and cause a stroke.