Six-year-old Betsy Griffin managed to make everyone on her street emotional on VE Day by performing and singing during some socially distanced celebrations.
Betsy, from Stag Lane in Chorleywood, continues to undergo treatment for an inoperable brain tumour which has permanently damaged her vision and she is registered blind. Despite this, she is one of the most positive people out there.
Her mum, Rochelle said: “She’s a pretty remarkable and resilient girl and she doesn’t let anything get in her way. She has also started a YouTube channel where she spreads positive messages.
“Betsy loves people and loves life so it worked out pretty well at the street party.
“People loved her performance, she wanted everyone to join in. They enjoyed listening to her and it made everyone emotional because of the songs she decided to sing.”
Betsy sang Don’t worry about a thing by Bob Marley and We’ll meet again by Vera Lynn, her mum mentioned that “the words were poignant with what’s going on at the minute.”
Rochelle continued: “All of the children were going up and down the street with a bike from a distance and I could see Betsy thinking she didn’t want to be left out.
“She went to get her cane which she doesn’t often use and she was walking up and down the street and talking to people from a distance, she’s a bit of a social butterfly.
“Betsy has busked before as well, raising money for children with cancer. She loves that kind of thing.”
Christine Booth, who lives across the road, said: “I saw something about someone preparing to sing and I asked Rochelle if she thought Betsy would sing for VE Day as she loves performing and she said she would.
“We went putting notes through people’s doors asking to have a little celebration from our own gardens.
“She sang two songs and it was absolutely wonderful. Everyone loved it, some people were singing along and it really lifted people’s spirits. She’s certainly a child that makes you smile anyway and she really lifts your spirit and now she’s doing it on YouTube and it can be done further afield.”
If you wish to watch and subscribe to her channel, search for “Betsy’s positive videos” on YouTube.
You can also donate to her gofundme page by searching for “Let’s Help Betsy See Again” and help her raise money for her treatments.