01 DEC 2016

2016 Christmas Card Winner!

Helen Grant visits Sissinghurst Primary School to surprise her Christmas Card Winner!

Helen Grant has chosen 10-year-old Orla Feely's artwork as the design for her personal Christmas card this year.

Orla, from Sissinghurst Church of England Primary School near Cranbrook, submitted a snowman donning a colourful mid-crop cardigan as her winning entry. Orla's design was one of hundreds from children who attend primary schools in Helen Grant's Parliamentary Constituency of Maidstone & The Weald.

Helen Grant MP with Tedde Martin (highly commended), Orla Feely (winner) and Headteacher Cathy Penfold

Helen said: "I thoroughly enjoyed looking through all the beautiful designs sent to me by the children. They were very imaginative and it was so difficult to choose just one design as a winner. I would like thank all the children who took part and all the staff and parents who helped with this competition."

Helen made a surprise visit to Sissinghurst Primary School to congratulate Orla and present her with a special gift from the House of Commons. The presentation was made before the entire school who had been practising Festive songs in the main hall. Before departing Helen was then treated to a special preview performance.

Other highly commended entries came from Tedde Martin also from Sissinghurst Church of England Primary School, Abigail Readdy from South Borough School and Arthur Wilson, St Michael's Junior School.

Every student who submitted an entry received a certificate for their efforts.

Mrs Grant's official card will be sent out across the constituency, to Members of Parliament – including the Prime Minister, and prominent figures across the worlds of sport, media, tourism and the legal profession.

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