CHILDREN have been bringing smiles to the faces of hardworking supermarket staff.

Pupils at Fairfield Primary School, Cockermouth, created colourful messages to send to workers in the town stores - to show their appreciation.

More than 90 joyful letters were delivered to staff in Sainsbury's, Lidl and Aldi.

Teacher Sophie Robinson said: "A few members of staff had seen various things on social media and online about the struggles supermarket staff were facing.

"We thought it would be a lovely idea to brighten up someone’s day by drawing a picture, as a thank you, for all their work to ensure we have enough food and essentials during this tough time."

The letters state: "Dear Staff, Our pupils wanted to write to you to show how much we all appreciate the hard work that you are doing for our community. We know you are very busy helping everyone as much as you can and we are very grateful. We have taken some time out to draw some pictures and write thank you messages.

"We hope this makes your day a little brighter and you can also spend some time with your families in the upcoming weeks."

Children from Nursery to Year 2 decorated the letters with pictures and extra messages.

"It was no surprise that the children engaged with the activity," said Miss Robinson.

" If a simple task, like drawing a picture, can brighten up someone’s day and make them smile then it is some positivity in these un-nerving times."

About 15 children of key workers were in school this week.

"We are quiet but still have lots of lovely activities planned for the children to participate in," said Miss Robinson.

"We are operating a service to allow those at work to continue to support our community and ensure that they can fulfill their role."