Published date : 29 May 2020

Jenny Gilruth MSP has praised children across her Mid Fife and Glenrothes constituency for sticking to lockdown restrictions and showing their support for key workers.


Ms Gilruth ran a social media campaign to share pictures of tributes designed by local children in support of key workers who are engaged in the fight against Covid-19.


Lots of parents got in touch with the MSP to share pictures of their children’s tributes. Ms Gilruth then used them to create graphics to share through her social media channels to mark the weekly clap for key workers.


Ms Gilruth also took the time to write a personal letter to each child to thank them for supporting our key workers and for sticking to the lockdown rules.


Six children who submitted pictures to the MSP have been chosen to win a Scottish Parliament teddy bear:


  • Josie McAleer, Kinglassie
  • Rachel and Sam Mitchell, Leslie
  • Brooke and Rebecca Davidson, Glenrothes
  • Ashleigh Kermath, Kennoway


The MSP will deliver the teddy bears once government guidance changes to say it is safe to do so.


Writing in her letter to the children, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:


“Thank you for the wonderful tribute you have made to our key workers to celebrate all their hard work during coronavirus.


“I know the tributes made by children in Fife mean a lot to everyone working on the frontline, including our nurses, doctors, social care workers, police officers, firefighters, paramedics and many more.


“I also want to say thank you for sticking to the Scottish Government’s advice to stay at home during coronavirus.


“I know it’s been tough not seeing friends or visiting family (I’ve not been able to see my mum!) but by staying at home you are playing your part in stopping the virus, protecting our NHS, and saving lives.


“Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, had a special message for children across Scotland this week:


"Not being at school, or seeing your friends, or hugging your grandparents is really tough. But you have handled it brilliantly. I’m so proud of all of you."


“The First Minister described staying at home as "an expression of love, kindness and solidarity" so please stick to the advice for the a while longer—and we’ll stop the coronavirus together.


“I’m proud of you, too.”






  • Jenny’s campaign followed the success of the ‘Rainbow windows’, whereby Children all over the country have painted and designed Rainbows on the inside of the windows of their homes to spread positivity.
  • Please find attached photo of Jenny’s graphic featuring many of the children’s tributes sent in by parents.
  • Due to the high quality of all the tributes received, winners of the Scottish Parliament teddy bears were drawn from a hat.
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