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Merry Christmas, Prime Minister! Washington boy’s greeting card in the corridors of power

MP Sharon Hodgson with the winners of her Christmas card desgn competition at Washington Arts Cente on Friday, with overall winner Caleb Reed (5) of Fatfield Primary School (front)

MP Sharon Hodgson with the winners of her Christmas card desgn competition at Washington Arts Cente on Friday, with overall winner Caleb Reed (5) of Fatfield Primary School (front)

A SCHOOLBOY’S Christmas card is set to land through the letterbox at 10 Downing Street this month.

Five-year-old Caleb Reed designed the card which will bring a little festive cheer to some of the country’s most powerful men and women.

Caleb’s creation will grace the mantelpiece of top politicians after he won a competition to design a card for Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson.

The Fatfield Primary School pupil’s drawing of Rudolph the Reindeer emerged as the winner at a ceremony at Washington Arts Centre.

Caleb’s design will now be printed up and sent to politicians and public figures around the country, as well as local groups, organisations and community leaders.

Even the PM himself will get a copy, although whether a card from a rival party takes pride of place in his living room remains to be seen.

The two other winners were Summer Morgan of Fatfield Primary School in the reception category and Dionne Brettwood of Town End Academy in the Year 4/5/6 category, who will have their designs featured on the inside and back of the card.

Mrs Hodgson said: “Yet again I’ve been hugely impressed by the creativity and effort that has gone into every entry, and I’m grateful to all the teachers and local schools who get behind this every year.

“I’m also extremely grateful to all the local businesses who have supported the event and sponsored prizes for the children.

“Sifting through the entries to find a winner was an incredibly difficult job for the judges, but in the end it was Caleb’s use of his hands and fingers to create Rudolph the Reindeer that really captured our imagination.

“It’s going to look great on the front of my card and I’m looking forward to getting them printed up.”

Julie Elliott, MP for Sunderland Central, said she was also impressed by the entries to her annual Christmas card competition. The winner was Jamilea Forster, a pupil at Highfield Community Primary School, with Madison Lumley, from Diamond Hall Junior School, a close second.

All the children who entered Mrs Elliott’s competition will get a chocolate selection box before they break up for the holidays.

The MP said: “Each time I hold this competition, I am genuinely impressed by the artistic ability of Sunderland’s young people – but the quality of some of the designs this year has been really exceptional.”

 

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