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Sirona care & health children’s thank you card competition winner announced

By 18th June 2020No Comments

Youngsters whose parents work for Sirona care & health have had their creative skills put to the test as part of a competition to design a thank you card.

They were asked to design a card for  staff to use to thank the many people and organisations who are offering support and making donations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sirona provides NHS funded services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

In April the cartoonist, illustrator and children’s writer Sir Quentin Blake launched a range of rainbow themed thank you e-cards and the children’s competition was inspired by his designs. Like Sir Quentin’s designs, the cards had to feature a rainbow, a symbol which has become synonymous with the NHS’ fight against coronavirus, used in an original way.

The winners were judged by Sirona’s Chairman, Simon Knighton,

Simon said “It was wonderful to see all of the competition entries we received and I was delighted to review them all.

“I am extremely impressed with the standard of the entries and found the children’s creativity inspiring. We have been using eCard versions of the designs within the organisation to say thank you to each other and I know these have been really well received.

“A book voucher will be awarded to winners from each of the competition age groups and the overall winner will win a family day trip to take when it’s safe to do so.

“I would like to thank all of the children who have participated; each and every one of them should feel extremely proud.”

Fiona Sharples, Community Nursery Nurse at Sirona care & health and mum to Albie, aged four, the overall winner and winner of the under-five category, said: “Lockdown hasn’t been easy for many families I’m sure, however, Albie has shown so much tenacity during this crisis – from helping me recover from ill-health in March, to having me work from home and parent at the same time. He is very sociable and he has managed to cope with changes to his entire routine including not seeing everyone he loves to be with.

“It was so nice to see Albie concentrate on this piece of artwork, he wanted to use all the different materials – any excuse to get the scissors and glue out. We had run out of glitter or there would have been lots of that too!

“When I told Albie he had won he was so excited. He has been trawling the back pages of his favourite books to see which ones he still needs in his collection, we are looking forward to some family reading time together. We hope people will enjoy Albie’s thank you card.”

Albie said: “I painted an elephant because they never forget and I like their squirting trunks and my baby sister calls them ‘elabees’. Mummy let me use her watercolour paints and paper and that was brilliant, I liked painting rainbow nails on the elephant to make my card really bright like a colourful rainbow.”