Schoolboy wins Sunderland MP’s Christmas card design competition

Dean and Mrs Hodgson
Dean and Mrs Hodgson
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Seven-year-old Dean Brickle has scooped the top prize in Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson’s annual Christmas Card Competition.

The Columbia Grange School pupil’s design emerged as the overall winner from dozens of competition entries from local primary school children during an awards ceremony at the Washington Arts Centre.

Dean’s design will now be printed on the front of Mrs Hodgson’s Christmas card and sent to top politicians and public figures around the country, as well as local groups, organisations and community leaders.

The two other age-category winners were Mya Okorefe, aged four, of Blackfell Primary School in the Nursery and Reception category, and Callum Whittle-Richens, aged eight, of North View Academy in the 4/5/6 Year Group Category, who will both have their designs featured on the inside of the Christmas card.

Mrs Hodgson said: “Running this competition really is one of the highlights of my year.”