Daniel Peart, 29, a carpenter and his 30-year-old wife Charlotte became instant millionaires after their lucky EuroMillions lottery numbers won on the second tier.
The couple have spent lockdown at home in Peterborough and decided to use their time by giving back to essential workers. Their idea was to use Daniel’s carpentry skills and to keep their children occupied by making planters.
The Peart family handed over a few of their planters to Elaine Crane, deputy headteacher of Alderman Jacobs Primary School in Whittlesey.
Charlotte said, “When the country was first put into lockdown and the schools closed, I asked Dan to make something with our children to keep them busy. We joked it was their design and technology lesson.”
“We hit on the idea to start making the boxes to be distributed as a ‘thank you’ to essential workers.”
“Our children, who have been really involved, painting and decorating them with lots of bright colours, thought the local school would be a worthy recipient.”
The family filled the planters with a selection of herbs, quick-growing salad leaves, flowers and shrubs.
The local police also received filled planters.
“My mum is in the police so I know through her the challenges they have faced but also how committed the whole force has been to keeping our community safe at this worrying time.”
“We hope these little planters will serve as a little reminder that we are all incredibly grateful for everything they are doing for us.”
The couple’s children, seven-year-old Hollie and Brooklyn, 12, were responsible for paining the planters.
Deputy headteacher of Alderman Jacobs Primary School, Elaine Crane said, “It’s such a lovely project and we are absolutely delighted to have received these planters.
“Not only will it keep little minds and hands busy but the finished planters will bring some brightness and cheer for the children of our essential workers.”
Detective Chief Inspector Neil Sloan, who received some planters on behalf of the team at Thorpe Wood police station in Peterborough, said, “We were very surprised to receive the gifts from Daniel and Charlotte.
“On behalf of all the officers and staff here at Thorpe Wood, we would like to thank them for their generosity and for thinking of us.”
Another EuroMillions lottery winners joined in
When Andrew Cunliffe, who also won £1 million on the EuroMillions found out what the Pearts family were doing, also started making planters.
Andrew said, “Sometimes you can feel a bit helpless – wanting to do something but unsure what – so when we saw what the Pearts were doing with the planters we jumped on board.”
The Cunliffe family donated their salad planter’s headteacher Samantha Boden at Roseacre Academy in Blackpool.
“It’s a grassroots solution and something that puts my skills to good use.
“I am obviously at home at the moment and unable to work and, like the Pearts, my wife Natalie and I are trying to keep the children occupied and educated and this seemed like the perfect solution.
“It is fantastic to see an end result from your efforts and also knowing that they are going to bring real cheer and smiles to the faces of the recipients.”