Kids' designs add sparkle to MPs' Christmas cards
CHRISTMAS cards designed by a 10-year-old from Wollaton and a six-year-old from Sherwood will be sent out by Nottingham MPs this month.
Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie and Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood both held competitions for schoolchildren in their respective constituencies – and now the winners have been revealed.
Olivia Black, 10, who attends Fernwood Junior School in Wollaton, will see her design printed on Ms Greenwood's cards, while Leah Huddlestone, six, of Seely Infant and Nursery School in Sherwood, will see hers on Mr Leslie's e-cards.
Leah, who drew a picture of the globe with Father Christmas, said: "I just thought about it and the idea came into my mind. I think it's amazing that Santa goes round the world in one night."
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Leah added that she loves drawing and was chuffed to learn her design had been picked.
"I'm really happy about it," she said. "Mum and dad were very happy too."
Mr Leslie presented Leah with a certificate and an iPad, donated by Experian, for her winning design.
He said: "It is a very colourful and very happy design; she put a lot of detailed effort in it. It's got me in the Christmas mood."
The Labour MP said he had received more than 200 applicants for the competition and he even called in art expert Rob Howie-Smith, of the Art Organisation in Station Street.
Meanwhile, Olivia, who was one of 480 entries for the Nottingham South competition, took a different angle and drew the Queen walking her Corgi in the park beside a Christmas tree.
The Year Six pupil, who lives in Parkside, in Wollaton, said: "I did it because of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Christmas tree is very bright. It took me about an hour to paint it and draw it."
As the winner, Olivia will spend a day in Parliament with her family and enjoy lunch on the terrace at the House of Commons with Ms Greenwood. She will also receive a free family ticket to a Nottingham Panthers match.
Ms Greenwood, who will send the card to more than 2,000 people, businesses and groups, said: "We received some impressive entries but Olivia's card really stood out.
"We'd suggested that children take inspiration from 2012's national events, and her vivid painting really captured the spirit of the Queen's visit to Nottingham.
"I'm looking forward to showing Olivia around Parliament. She beat some tough competition and I'm grateful to all the schools and children that took part.
"I'd like to thank Mike Sassi from the Nottingham Post and Kay Hardiman from the Nottingham Contemporary for helping to judge the competition, and E.on for their support, which made the competition possible."