KIND-HEARTED youngsters produced acts of kindness and reached out to others in their communities.

Students from St Mary’s School, an independent day school for girls, embraced the theme of 'kindness' during Mental Health Awareness Week.

They have been litter picking, going food shopping, baking cakes, biscuits and pies for elderly residents and designing greetings cards and postcards for grandparents and neighbours who are self-isolating, as well as delivering afternoon teas and roast dinners to friends who were feeling lonely.

Jo Middleditch, wellbeing co-ordinator at the school in Lexden Road, Colchester, said: “At St Mary’s, a huge emphasis is placed on maintaining a healthy mindset as well as good physical health.

"This is particularly prominent at this difficult time, when many of the girls are missing seeing family and friends.

"In addition to the benefits to those being helped by these acts of kindness, these initiatives can help the students create a sense of belonging and reduce feelings of isolation and help to reduce stress.

"It can give a fresh perspective and deepens friendships as well as boosting self-esteem.”