Andrew Griffith MP visited schools in Hurstpierpoint and Pulborough on Friday to meet some of the children who were amongst the winners in his annual Christmas card competition.
Elsie Hawkins of St Lawrence Church of England Primary School, Gemma Bramley of St Mary’s Church of England School in Pulborough, Elsie Humphries and Leyton Jones of Hurstpierpoint College Preparatory School, were all runners-up in Andrew’s search for a Christmas card design. Their pictures will be printed on one side of the card.
The children were thanked personally by Andrew and each received a certificate and a small prize.
Andrew received around 200 entries into his competition, and he has written a letter of thanks to every single child who took part. All the pictures are available to view at his website – www.andrewgriffithmp.com/christmas.
The MP’s Christmas card will be sent to over 1,500 people including Prime Minster Boris Johnson. This year’s card sponsor is the Wiston Estate which is getting ready to open the doors to its new restaurant Chalk, in the heart of the South Downs.
Richard Goring, Estate Manager of the Wiston Estate said: "We love the Christmas card designs! What a joyful selection. There are clearly some budding artists in the entries."
Andrew Griffith said: “I am absolutely delighted to have received so many wonderful pictures by local schoolchildren. It was incredibly hard to choose the best ones and am grateful to Hassocks-based artist and illustrator Ruth Waters for helping me with this daunting task. I enjoyed meeting the winners today and being able to say thank you for all of their hard work.”