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Pupils bring festive cheer

Pupils bring festive cheer

21 December 2020
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Four artistic pupils at Shinfield St Mary’s CE Junior School have won a Christmas card competition to bring Christmas cheer to members of the community in need of a message of support.


The competition, organised by Wokingham Borough Council and sponsored by David Wilson Homes, was to create the designs for 500 Christmas cards to be distributed by The Link Visiting Scheme; a Wokingham-based charity combating loneliness with friendship.


After a range of creative designs were submitted, the four winners were Sara (7), Samuel (8), Olivia (8) and Renae (8), each of whom were presented with their framed cards and a £10 One4All gift card by Cllr Malcolm Richards, Mayor of Wokingham Borough.


Cllr Richards said: “We are lucky to work with the developer David Wilson Homes who has kindly sponsored this year’s Christmas Card design competition at Shinfield St Mary’s CE Junior School, where there were 80 entries of an outstanding quality.


“I am impressed at the quality of the designs. There are some very talented children in the Borough.”


As part of its sponsorship of the competition, David Wilson Homes also donated £250 to The Link Visiting Scheme for the distribution of the pupils’ Christmas cards with the charity’s calendars.


Jo Harrison, a charity representative, attended the presentation at Shinfield St Mary’s Junior School to accept the 500 Christmas cards from the pupils before they’re delivered to local residents to offer a festive message of support.


Jo said: “We are focused on supporting older people who are on their own over the Christmas period and on the day itself, and we know they will be delighted with these wonderful cards. It’s another reminder that they are not forgotten which is especially important after this very difficult year.”


The Link Visiting Scheme is a local charity that supports older people who are struggling with the serious impact of loneliness and isolation. Through a network of nearly 400 volunteers, it celebrates and enables friendships in all projects.


Rob Allen, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes Southern, said: “It was a pleasure to team up with Wokingham Borough Council and The Link Visiting Scheme to provide the pupils of Shinfield St Mary’s Junior School with a fun festive activity that supported a fantastic cause".


To learn more about the work of The Link Visiting Scheme, please visit www.linkvisiting.org


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