Surprise Christmas treat for young carers
Young carers across the local community are set to receive some extra Christmas cheer thanks to a talented young artist.
The East Hampshire Young Carers Group has won £250 through the East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) Christmas Card competition.
Ten-year-old Yasmin, a member of the group, entered the council’s competition to design an e-card which will be sent to thousands of customers and partners across the district.
Yasmin’s colourful picture of a fairy leaving presents under a Christmas tree stole the hearts of the judging panel, which included members of the East Hampshire Youth Council, chief executive Sandy Hopkins and EHDC leader Cllr Ferris Cowper. It was chosen ahead of 62 other entries, from schools and youth groups across the area.
The runner-up design was a cute reindeer drawn by Amelia Rossiter (8) from Four Marks Primary school.
The East Hampshire Young Carers Group is part of the King’s Arms in Petersfield. It provides support to children and young people under the age of 18 who provide regular and ongoing care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.
Mandy May, who runs the group, was delighted to receive the £250 first prize. She said: “This will make such a difference! It is a real treat for all these young people at Christmas, we can’t thank you enough.
“Well done Yasmin. Her picture really captures the magic of Christmas and I am delighted for her that she won the competition.”
To find out more about the King’s Arms and the East Hampshire Young Carers Group, go to www.thekingsarms.org.uk