Greewards pupil puts a smile on Christmas for Parliamentarians

Alanna Pick receives her winning prize from Angus Robertson and Richard Lochhead

A GREENWARDS PRIMARY school pupil has emerged from 200 entries as the winner of the annual Moray Parliamentary Christmas Card design.

Alanna Pick, an 11-year-old from the Elgin school, designed the card along the ‘Happiness’ theme and it proved irresistible for local MP Angus Robertson and MSP Richard Lochhead.

Alanna’s card depicts a happy reindeer complete with Santa hat for the traditional schools competition that this year will highlight the important work done by the domestic abuse support charity Moray Women’s Aid.

Several local companies sponsored the card this year including Springfield, Baxters, Maclean’s Highland Bakery, Greers, Strathdee Properties, Robertson, Asda, Sherriffmill Motor Company and the Forsyth Foundation.

Richard Lochhead said: “Alanna’s winning design was a real standout entry and really captured the happiness theme of this year’s competition with its bright colours.

“The card will be seen by many people and organisations across Moray and this year highlights the vital work done by Moray Women’s Aid in support of vulnerable women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.

“I particularly thank the very generous sponsorship from businesses in Moray which enables this competition to take place and, importantly, will support a substantial donation to Moray Women’s Aid.”

Angus Robertson MP added: “Over the years we have had thousands of entries to our Christmas Card competition from children all over Moray and every year the quality of the entries and especially the winning designs has been a real advert for the artistic talent that is widespread in our region.

“This year is no exception with Alanna’s fantastic design, which has brought a smile to the face of the folk who have seen it.

“The sponsorship from companies in Moray is also fantastic, which does a great deal to support and highlight the work of local charities like Moray Women’s Aid, whose work is this year highlighted inside our Parliamentary Office card.

“Thank you to all the children who took part and the support they have had from their teachers and parents, thank you to the sponsors and thank you particularly to the team at Moray Women’s Aid for the work they do to support hundreds of victims of domestic abuse in Moray every year.”