Aged just 12 years old, Charlotte Smith travelled from Solihull to the new Fastned rapid charging station in Sunderland on its opening day to give electric vehicle drivers handmade thank you notes for choosing to drive zero emission vehicles.
Smith hand-designed thank you cards and wrote a note herself to EV drivers, thanking them for driving electric and consequently reducing emissions.
Smith has campaigned for children’s health for the past year, beginning by placing notes on windscreens of car owners in her hometown of Solihull, after learning emissions can cause a range of lung conditions.
Research shows that if children are exposed to air pollution for a long period of time, it can affect lung development.
Her campaign has received support and encouragement from HM The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke And Duchess of Sussex, The Prime Minister, The Lord Mayor of London and many EV clubs and individuals from around the world from New Zealand to USA.
Smith said, “I would like to express a huge thank you to the Go Ultra Low NE team and the team behind the Fastned charging station in Sunderland. I want to encourage more people to drive electric cars, I love to think that these people are driving home in their electric cars feeling really good about themselves, just because I said thank you.”
Smith’s father, Steven, added, “[The] heartfelt support for Charlotte’s childrens health campaign touched Charlotte and has inspired her to educate more parents.”