Christmas cheer on the cards thanks to pupils

WINTER WINNERS: Cestria customer relationship manager Lisa Coverdale with competition winner Grace Gulliver.
WINTER WINNERS: Cestria customer relationship manager Lisa Coverdale with competition winner Grace Gulliver.
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CHRISTMAS cheer has been spread throughout the community thanks to a team of creative youngsters.

Pupils from Pelton Community Primary School, near Chester-le-Street, were asked by Cestria Community Housing Association to draw or paint a picture to be used on the front of its card this year.

WINTER WINNERS: Four-year-old Grace Gulliver (centre front) pictured with the competition runners-up and Cestria customer relationship manager Lisa Coverdale.

WINTER WINNERS: Four-year-old Grace Gulliver (centre front) pictured with the competition runners-up and Cestria customer relationship manager Lisa Coverdale.

Four-year-old Grace Gulliver came up with the winning design, which was incorporated into an e-card and emailed to all Cestria’s partners and organisations which work with the landlord.

Cestria staff presented Grace, and the second and third place winners Charlotte Robson and Kaitlyn Storey, with gift vouchers.

All three, along with a number of runners-up, also received framed copies of their drawings.

Lisa Coverdale, Cestria customer relationship manager, said: “Our work is very much community based and we wanted to involve members of the local community in designing our Christmas card this year.

“The children at Pelton came up with some brilliant designs and it was very hard picking a winner.

“Grace’s design was just perfect and we hope it will spread some Christmas cheer to everyone who receives it.”

Headteacher Wendy Edwards said: “We were delighted to be involved in this project with Cestria.

“The children really enjoyed coming up with their Christmas card designs and it’s lovely to know Grace’s design will be seen by so many people.”