TWO boys have been spreading Christmas cheer in Tisbury through surprise visits and gifts.

Every year Reo and Aaron Ridout, aged 11 and nine, take part in fundraising events and activities, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic the children decided on a different kind of festive appeal this year.

Alongside mother Valerie, the pair has been busy showing their gratitude and respect for individuals and groups with their ‘14 Days of Kindness’ – presenting gifts to different businesses and key workers across the village.

This was a first of its kind for the family, with the children usually taking part in the shoe box appeal over the festive season. Last year they gave out sweets on Christmas Eve.

Valerie said: “I have done fundraising for years, we’re always doing something, but with everything going on this year we just thought ‘now what should we do this year?’

“We got a few gifts, wrapped them up, and the boys chose who they would like to give them to.

“It’s something special I get to do with the boys, they have always done something with me, and the most important thing is they understand that if we can give it really helps. Especially this year, with people working hard to keep things going.”

Reo and Aaron, who attend Shaftesbury School and St John’s Primary School, have already presented gifts to Albany house care home, Tisbury Post Office, Tisbury Deli, Downer Farm Meats, the pharmacy in Boots, Tisbury Surgery, Craig Angel of the Nadder Centre, Steff Wells of Tisbury Swimming Pool and Coco Hair and Beauty.

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Reo Ridout with Steff Wells of Tisbury Swimming Pool

“Everybody has been so grateful, lots of thank yous and messages,” Valerie added.

“People have helped us in the past so it is nice to help other people too. It’s just teaching [Reo and Aaron] to be nice kids and know how to help others.

"This was completely their idea and for a child to think like that is quite a big thing. I hope that this stays with them and they continue helping others.”