Schools Christmas card competition winner announced

Merseyside / December 19

A 10-year-old pupil from Garston has been picked as the Police Commissioner’s winner from this year’s Merseyside Police Christmas card competition.

Garston Church of England Primary School pupil Claudia Murphy scooped a top prize after her colourful design featuring a Christmas tree and a greeting from Merseyside Police’s Mini Police was selected by Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy to be used as her official Christmas e-card.

Today, the Commissioner paid a special visit to the school to thank the children and present a certificate and a prize of £20 in Liverpool One vouchers for Claudia. A further £200 was donated to the school for participating in the competition. Claudia also received £10 from Merseyside Police’s Chief Constable Andy Cooke after he selected her design for one of his runners-up prizes.

The Chief’s own winning entry was designed by Ruby Threlfall from St Christopher’s Primary School in Speke. He made a special visit to the school yesterday to present Ruby with her £30 winning prize, with a further £10 being awarded to runner-up Katie Waugh.

Both winning designs will now be made into e-cards which will be distributed by the Police Commissioner and Chief Constable to friends, stakeholders and partners

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Congratulations to Claudia and to all the winners and runners-up from this year’s Christmas card competition, and thank you to the dozens of young artists who took part across Merseyside.

“It’s a joy to judge the fantastic entries for our school Christmas card competition. It’s always a difficult decision, but Claudia’s colourful and creative design particularly stood out to me. I am delighted to be sending Claudia’s card to hundreds of people across Merseyside and I’m sure it will bring pleasure to all those who receive it.”

More than 40 pupils aged between seven and 11 from four primary schools took part in the competition. They were:

  • Garston Church of England Primary School, Liverpool;
  • St Christopher’s Primary in Speke;
  • Stockbridge Village Primary in Knowsley;
  • Hatton Hill Primary in Bootle, Sefton.

The Commissioner would like to say a big thank you to the pupils that took part in this year's competition and wish them a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Image: The PCC presenting the certificate to Garston C of E Primary School headteacher Sarah Knipe