Dear Grand Jury,
I’ve been meaning to get in touch for a while now, and with the start of a new year it seemed just the time to write you a letter.
You were kind enough to take part in the event I organised last year for the RCPCH annual conference, “Child Health on Trial”. Of course, I’ve been wondering how you are all doing and what you are all now up to. But I was also wondering whether you had any idea how much of an impression you all left as the Grand Jury in last year’s trial?
Did you know, for instance, that people loved the event so much that they have been copying the event for themselves?
Or that a TV producer has been trying to figure out how to put it on the telly?
Did you know that members of the audience keep writing to me - to this day - to say how much they enjoyed the event, and in particular how moved they were by your performances?
And best of all, did you know that individual doctors have actually changed they way they do their jobs because of you? One small group of paediatricians has been working on a website to help other doctors to know what to do when children and families in financial difficulty come to their clinics, they were so inspired by the trial. Like dynamite, the power of your words has been explosive!
How does it feel to know that you have had such impact?
I wanted to let you know because I think that the voices of children and young people don’t get the respect and attention they deserve in this country. Your participation in last year’s trial demonstrated just how wrong that attitude is. You rocked! You brought the house down with your passion, your stories and your intelligence. Just imagine what you, and other young people like you, could do if we just allowed you to speak up and be heard more often?
I am working with RCPCH &Us to think about how we can follow up last year’s amazingness (is that even a word?) with an event that does justice to both it, and all the hard work you put into it.
I want you to keep being the wonderful, brilliant young people you are, because you are the medicine that this planet needs. We need your ideas and your enthusiasm, and we need you to help change the world.
I promise that I will do all that I can to do my bit to help you in that task, but I sleep so much better knowing that with young people like you around, the world is in good hands.
Sending bucket loads of love, gratitude and respect,
Dr Guddi (or Chief Prosecutor in the white wig!)
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