Co Operative Christmas Card Competition - The Directory Group

Co-operative Christmas Card Competition

Co-operative Christmas Card Competition

A Portsmouth teenager, who has devoted hours of her time to wildlife, won a Christmas card competition run by a regional co-operative in December.

Southern Co-op was overwhelmed by the number of entries to its competition to design the corporate Christmas card which will be sent to colleagues and partners.

But after a few long discussions over chocolate and coffee, colleagues agreed that Nicole Pook's design was the winner.

The teenager has been awarded a hamper of Christmas goodies, copies of her Christmas card and a £1,000 donation in her name made to Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital.

Ann Pook, Nicole's mum, said: "I am so proud of her. She couldn't believe it when she won. She kept saying ‘I can't believe it, I can't believe it'.

"She entered it because she loves art and wanted to win the money for the animals at Brent Lodge. When she leaves school she would like to work with animals.

"She used to volunteer at Staunton Country Park as a Junior Ranger and about four months ago she started volunteering at Brent Lodge. So she and her friend go there every Saturday for about four hours.

"They both absolutely love cleaning out the hedgehogs and pigeons and looking after them. She has to pick the hedgehogs up and weigh them."

Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital is the current charity partner of Southern Co-op's funeral home in Chichester. Its community engagement programme ‘Love Your Neighbourhood', addresses four key social themes, promoting ‘Greener', ‘Healthier', ‘Safer', and ‘More Inclusive' neighbourhoods.

To find out more about Southern Co-op's commitment to making a difference, visit www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/makingadifference/.

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