Eleven-year-old wins charity Christmas card competition

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Mrs C Oakley, Headteacher of Wildern School, with Isla Walker

Isla Walker, an eleven-year-old pupil at Wildern School in Hedge End, has won Wessex Cancer Trust’s competition to design its 2020 e-Christmas card.

The cancer support charity partnered with the secondary school to ask pupils in years seven to ten to design a card which will be sold to local organisations to raise money for local families living with cancer.

The designs were shown to the 233 members of Wessex Cancer Trust’s Facebook support group, who voted for Isla’s rainbow robin design.

Wildern School Xmas E Card

Isla said:

‘I wasn’t expecting to win, so I’m really shocked and didn’t know what to say! I’m really happy and excited! Robins mean a loved one nearby and it reminds me of my Nan, and they also make us think of Christmas, and the rainbow signifies 2020.’

Mrs Yates, Wildern School’s charity and community co-ordinator who ran the competition, said it was poignant activity:

‘Sometimes we think of cancer only affecting older people, but everyone can be touched by it, including children, so as a school we wanted to raise awareness of the support Wessex Cancer Trust can provide to anyone in our local community. We also thought it was a poignant time to ask our pupils what 2020 has meant to them and try and put all of these things together to design a meaningful card. We thought Isla’s card really captured this and are delighted for her.’

Charlotte von Sicard, Wessex Cancer Trust’s regional community manager, said she was delighted to have the opportunity to work with a local school:

;Living with cancer can be really tough for the whole family, so being able to partner with a local school is a great way to help raise awareness of the free support we can provide. We also wanted to help spread some festive cheer, and thought who better than a young person to design a card that reflects what that support can mean, especially during this tough year. The Facebook support group loved what the rainbow robin says about hope and finding joy in every day.’

If you would like to buy the card to send to loved ones, friends, colleagues or contacts, please visit https://www.wessexcancer.org.uk/donate/, choose an amount you would like to give and write ‘for Christmas e-card’ in the message box, and the charity will send the card to you.

Wessex Cancer Trust supports 11,000 people every year through its four cancer support centres which provide a drop-in service, professional counselling, complementary therapies, activities, support groups and courses. It also runs outreach services, popular Sing for Life choirs and transport on its Daisy Buses to help patients get to their hospital appointments.