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Plus point: appeal for blocks for Covid artwork

12 March, 2021 — By Helen Chapman

Year 5 pupils Abigail, Dylan, Ben, Max and a friend. Photo: Sam Rudd

YOUNGSTERS from a primary school in Highbury have created artwork to commemorate those who have died of Covid-19 in the UK.

Abigail Henderson, 10, from St John’s Highbury Vale Church of England Primary School, came up with the idea for the project after hearing the UK death toll has reached 125,000.

She had been playing with Plus Plus construction blocks and was trying to think of an idea to submit to the Royal Academy Young Artist Summer Show. Abigail has a painting in the 2020 Royal Academy show selected from thousands of entries.

With the help of her classmates, she made figures out of Plus Plus blocks and made enough to represent those who died in Islington, Hackney and the City of London.

Now the team are setting their sights on making enough people to represent all those who have died of Covid in London. They are appealing for people to donate Plus Plus blocks to help them achieve their vision.

Abigail said: “I came up with the idea after Mum told me to play with something that didn’t have a screen. I saw the headline of 100,000 people dying from Covid and couldn’t imagine what such a big number looks like. I hope that the artwork shows the impact that the virus has had on our lives”.

Sam Rudd, Year 5 teacher, said: “Abigail is a talented artist and when she came to me with this idea, I was delighted to support her.”

To donate to the Plus Plus project contact St John’s Highbury Vale School or

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