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HOPE Competition

Christmas Card Competition Winners Announced

We asked children aged four to 18 to get their pens, pencils and paintbrushes out for our brand new Christmas card competition. The entrants were given a short brief to depict what HOPE meant to them – with the most creative and captivating creations being printed on this year’s PAPYRUS Christmas cards.

The competition was split into two categories: primary school age and secondary school age. A huge number of beautiful entries were sent in by young people from across the UK who perfectly encapsulated the spirit of HOPE in their artwork.

Primary School Winner

The winner of the primary school category was nine year old Finn from Liverpool. Finn’s drawing touched the hearts of the judges with its beautiful artwork and heartwarming message. After hearing he had won, an excited Finn told PAPYRUS: “I can’t believe it! My drawing is going to be in people’s houses all over the place. I love drawing and it is really awesome that my picture is going to be made into real cards and it’s helping people too!”

Finn’s mum Laura was bursting with pride: “I am super pleased to learn that Finn’s drawing has been chosen as one of the designs for PAPYRUS’s Christmas cards, bringing in vital funds for an incredible charity. Raising awareness and breaking down the stigma around mental health and suicide is crucial, and something we can all contribute to in our own ways. Knowing that my son understands the importance of supporting people to never give up hope makes me really proud, and using illustration to convey that message makes it even more special to me.”

Secondary School Winner

The winner of the secondary school category was Mabli from Cardiff. Mabli created two designs one in English and another in Welsh. The judges were moved by the beauty of Mabli’s artwork. Speaking about her win Mabli said: “As for many teenagers, this has been a strange and challenging year. Having an opportunity to focus my creative energy into a positive subject with the theme of Gobaith (Hope) inspired me to think about the positive things. One of the things I’ve learnt during Covid-19 and lockdown is to value the things I have around me that give me hope, especially the people I have now and the people who I hold close to my heart who aren’t with us anymore. I’m very grateful and privileged to have been able to submit my work to this competition and wanted to be able to make an impact with what I submitted. Thank You, Diolch for giving me this opportunity and being kind enough to display my work.”

Mabli’s proud mother Beth spoke of daughter’s achievement: “Mabli like many teenagers has found dealing with lockdown a struggle but having the competition to inspire her and to focus her mind on positivity gave her a lift that she needed. Mabli is extremely creative but like many she struggles to see her own brilliance and tends to over criticise her work. To have won the competition and to have PAPYRUS’s kind and generous words about her work meant a lot to her. I caught her several times re-reading the email saying she had won. It gave all of us at home another reason to celebrate for which we are also grateful and reminded me the importance of celebrating our achievements every day, we don’t have to wait just for the big things like winning a competition although they are particularly sweet.”

Finn and Mabli’s entries will be transformed into our soon to be launched Christmas cards which will be available from the PAPYRUS shop.

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