Feel Good Story

Eight year-old inspires ‘Share a Smile’ campaign

Sir Lenny Henry wrote to eight year-old Sonny to congratulate him on the idea behind this year’s ‘Share a Smile’ Comic Relief campaign.

During the course of the first lockdown, Sonny spent posted one joke a day, over 100 days, at the end of his Birmingham street to cheer people up.

The project grew, and caught the attention of some big names. The V&A Museum of Childhood in London are working to collate children’s creations over lockdown, and reached out to Sunny to congratulate him on his wonderful jokes.

Sir Lenny Henry was so blown away by Sonny’s idea, he started the ‘Share a Smile’ campaign, urging people to share their favourite jokes with their neighbours and local community.

Sonny received a letter written from Sir Lenny himself, thanking him for his idea and very hard work.

Here’s a taster of Sonny’s work, the very first joke he set up on Day 1:

Q: Why do seagulls only fly over the sea?
A: Because if they flew over the bay,
they would be called bagels.

Maybe Sir Lenny Henry should watch his back next time he’s on the comedy circuit… I see a bright future ahead for young Sonny! 🎤

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