Third place win for Emma’s card design

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A Deeside school pupil has been awarded third place in a national competition for her Christmas card design.

Ten-year-old Emma Halliwell, who attends Hill of Banchory School, was given a £25 book token as a prize.

Strutt & Parker’s annual Christmas card competition has been a huge success, raising over £3,000 for children’s charity, UK Youth.

The Banchory office sent out blank posters to 15 local schools and the other 49 offices across the UK did the same. Over 3,000 entrants, aged between five and 12 years, were asked to submit their artistic interpretations of what Christmas means to them, with Strutt & Parker adopting the winning design for its 2011 Christmas card.

After sorting through 670 reindeers, 295 robins and 968 Christmas trees, the judges selected a striking Father Christmas design, drawn by Annabel Tyser, from Longridge Towers School, Northumberland. Strutt & Parker’s chosen charity, UK Youth, received a donation of £3,063 - £1 for every entrant.

This is the ninth year Strutt & Parker have held the competition in aid of UK Youth, raising over £21,000 during that time.

The charity supports more than three quarters of a million young people each through education programmes such as youth groups and volunteering initiatives.

Charlotte Hill, Chief Executive of UK Youth said: “The donations from Strutt & Parker have enabled us to continue our programmes that have a lasting impact on the lives of young people.

“We have used the donations across many areas of our work such as providing bursaries for young carers, developing new qualifications and supporting young people to gain our Youth Achievement Awards.”    The winner, Annabel Tyser, was awarded a £50 book token and her school, Longridge Towers School, in Northumberland, received £500.

The six runners-up were awarded a £25 book token and their designs will also be printed on the back of the card.

Strutt & Parker will be inviting public donations through advertisements running during December featuring the winning entries.

There is also a Christmas appeal page on the firm’s website appeal where people can make a contribution.