Funds on the cards

Richard Rutherford with Daniel Dixon, Alex Colbin, Katie Woodfine and Ronan Gascoigne and their Christmas cards designs.
Richard Rutherford with Daniel Dixon, Alex Colbin, Katie Woodfine and Ronan Gascoigne and their Christmas cards designs.

CREATIVE youngsters have played their cards right to win a seasonal competition.

Pupils at Morpeth’s Chantry and Newminster middle schools have been putting pen to paper to design charity Christmas cards for department store Rutherfords of Morpeth.

Dozens of children aged nine to 13 took part in the challenge under the guidance of the schools’ Head of Art Jill Woolley.

Now judges have announced the four winners, who have seen their designs put into print.

Year 8 pupils Alex Colvin and Katie Woodfine from Newminster, along with Chantry’s Year 6 pupil Ronan Gascoigne and Daniel Dixon, from Year 7, have been presented with a free keepsake pack of their cards, as well as book tokens for Appleby’s.

The four card designs are being sold at Rutherford’s Bridge Street store in variety packs, with all proceeds going to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Mrs Woolley said: “The Christmas card competition was a fantastic opportunity presented to us by Rutherfords.

“The students were thrilled about the chance to see their work sold alongside professional cards in the department store while also helping Marie Curie Cancer Care.

“It is great to have the two schools, Newminster and Chantry, collaborating on a worthwhile community project such as this.”

It is the second year Rutherfords has held the competition, and last year’s card sale raised £500 for Marie Curie, which helps terminally-ill patients in their own homes and in local hospices and supports their families.

Rutherford’s owner Jane Rutherford said: “After the success of last year’s collaboration with Chantry and Newminster, we hope we can again raise a lot of money for a very important charity that does a lot of good work right here in the North East.

“It is a great idea to get children from the local community involved and to raise money for a charity we have supported for a while.

“Chantry and Newminster were really keen to be involved again and it’s lovely to see the children showing so much enthusiasm and enjoying the chance to show off their skills. We have been very impressed with their designs, the hard part was picking out just four winners.”

Marie Curie Community Fund-raiser Katie Searles said: “We really appreciate all of the hard work and thought that has gone into this fantastic idea from Rutherfords and Newminster and Chantry schools.

“We hope the pupils enjoyed making the cards and feel very proud of creating some wonderful artwork.”

The cards are priced £5 for a pack of 12.