Lonely little boy who moved schools before lockdown asks for pen pals

Little Harley Glen, seven, has been missing his friends a lot since the country went into lockdown.

So his mum Ashley posted a plea online for other children to become his pen pal and the family, from Edinburgh, has since been inundated with letters.

Harley had just left school in Scotland to come and live in Yorkshire meaning he missed old friends and hadn’t met any new people as schools were closed by then.

He received replies from people ranging from 18-months to 80-years-old and from as far as Massachusetts, USA. Some of the envelopes included gifts such as photographs, sunflower seeds, books, hand woven key rings, handmade jewellery, drawings and stamps from around the world.

Harley is now trying to write back to all 120 people who took the time to send a letter – including a number of elderly grandparents who contacted him to say they feel lonely too.

Mum Ashley, 33, said she did not expect such a big response from her Facebook message.

She said: ‘I was completely shocked. Harley was really overwhelmed by them all – when you see them all together there are quite a few. ‘As time went on Harley kept saying “I’m really lonely”, “I miss my friends”.

We didn’t want the experience of moving to be a negative one.