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14 Nov 2017 Community

Kirklees Kids winners of Kirkwood Hospice’s Christmas Competition

Winners of Kirkwood’s annual Share-A-Card Competition, local children, Grace Austwick and Oliver from Rowley Lane School, will claim their prize and ride in Santa’s sleigh at this weekend’s upcoming Reindeer Parade.

Share-A-Card is an annual scheme run by Kirkwood Hospice as a way to share festive greetings with friends and family in one A5 card, placed in a communal area for everyone to see.

Every year a competition is run to design the cover of the Share-A-Card Christmas cards, that children between the ages of five and twelve can take part in.

Using any materials to create their imaginative festive designs, two lucky winners are chosen each year to have their cards printed as part of the Share-A-Card scheme.

One of the talented winners of this year's Share-A-Card Competition, Grace Austwick


Winners also have the chance to ride with Santa and his reindeer in Kirkwood Hospice’s very special Reindeer Parades in November.

The Reindeer Parades take place in Shelley and Lindley villages to mark the start of the festive Christmas Grottos.

Held at the Pennine and Birchencliffe Wyevale Garden Centres every weekend until Christmas Eve, all profits made will go towards patient care at Kirkwood Hospice.

Voted on by Kirkwood Hospice staff and patients in the Support & Therapy centre, out of the 50 submitted, the designs coming out on top this year were by ten-year-old Grace Austwick and seven-year-old Oliver from Rowley Lane School.

The two charming winning designs


Speaking of daughter, Grace, mum Liz Austwick explains that her cousin, Jonathan Wilson, spent time in Kirkwood Hospice last year and they read about the competition in Kirkwood’s Autumn/ Winter Newsletter.

Liz said: “When we read about the competition, it was around the time Grace was designing a Christmas card for school. Given the timing of everything, we thought it would be quite fitting for her to try and enter the competition.

“It was just on the off-chance one Sunday afternoon we thought we’d give it a go using sharpie pen, acrylic paints, watercolour and thumbprints!

“Grace had a lot of fun doing all the prints. She enjoyed it and it took her a whole day to finish. When Grace came out of school and I told her she’d won, I think she felt very proud. It’s a big achievement.”

To find out more about the Share-A-Card scheme, please click here or contact the Fundraising Team on: 01484 557911/ fundraising@kirkwoodhospice.co.uk

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