SLEIGH, WHAT?! LOCAL CHILD WINS “BEST IN SNOW” IN MP’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, is delighted to announce that Isla-Rose Beecroft from St Mary’s Church of England Primary School as winner of his Parliamentary Christmas card competition.

Each year, Steve runs a Christmas card competition with local primary schools and after what has been a very difficult year for schools, Steve was determined to uphold the tradition and spread some festive cheer. Once again Steve had the tough job of picking a winner out of hundreds of fantastic designs from Year 4 pupils across the constituency.

As part of the annual competition, which has again been sponsored by Davisons Solicitors and Oakton Estates, pupils were asked to design a Christmas card which signifies what Christmas means to them. Steve was thoroughly impressed by the creativity displayed by pupils from 18 primary schools across the constituency. It was difficult to choose but Isla-Rose Beecroft from St Mary’s Church of England Primary School emerged as a worthy winner.

Isla-Rose’s heart-warming design features on Steve’s Christmas card which is sent to hundreds of people in the constituency and across the country. While Steve along with Helen Bartlam and Mike Oakton, the competition’s sponsors, were unable to present the prize and certificate in person, they attended a “virtual” assembly at St Mary’s Church of England Primary School to celebrate Isla-Rose’s win and to present her with a special prize of tickets to Cadbury World in Bournville.

But wait—there’s myrrh… prizes were also won by runners-up Kareem Alkemesh of Grendon Primary School and Matilda Leigh of Cotteridge Junior & Infant School. Due to the overwhelming generosity of business across the county, this year Steve has been able to offer prizes for the two best designs from each of the participating school.

Prizes this year have been kindly donated by SnowDome, TeamWorks Karting, Dudley Zoological Gardens, West Midland Safari Park, Cadbury World, WH Smith, University of Birmingham Sports and Fitness, Mr Mulligans, The National Sea Life Centre, Melissa’s Melting Pot, Winterbourne House and Garden, Fired Craft and Graffitiartist.com.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“Congratulations to Isla-Rose for her amazing design, the runners up and everyone who entered. I received so many brilliant entries and it was tough to pick one but Isla-Rose design was the perfect choice for Christmas 2020”

“2020 has been tough for us all but as Isla-Rose said on her card, ‘Christmas may be different this year but we can still fill our hearts with joy, love and cheer!’.”

“I would like to thank , Gary Davison and Helen Bartlam from Davisons Solicitors and Mike Oakton from Oakton’s estates, for sponsoring my Christmas card this year; it’s great to work with local businesses on projects like this and it wouldn’t be possible to do this without them. I would also like to thank SnowDome, TeamWorks Karting, Dudley Zoological Gardens, West Midland Safari Park, Cadbury World, WH Smith, University of Birmingham Sports and Fitness, Mr Mulligans, The National Sea Life Centre, Melissa’s Melting Pot, Fired Craft, Winterbourne House and Garden and Graffitiartist.com for their very generous prize donations.”

Michael Oakton, Oakton Estates, said:

“We really enjoyed being a part of Steve McCabe MP’s Christmas Card Competition for the first-time last year. Congratulations and Merry Christmas to Isla-Rose, the card was absolutely fantastic!”

Helen Bartlam, Business Development Manager at QS Davisons, said:

“QS Davisons have supported Steve McCabe MP’s Christmas Card Competition for many years, and we are thrilled to be in a position to support the competition once again.”

“The competition provides local children with a great opportunity to get creative and spread some Christmas cheer.”

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