Glasgow North Christmas Card Competition Winner

Winning Christmas card design.Winning Christmas card design.

Glasgow North Christmas Card Competition Winner

Glasgow North SNP MP Patrick Grady has announced the winner of his annual Christmas card competition.

This year's competition was won by 12 year old Alexander Houston from East Park School in Maryhill. East Park is a charity which provides a bespoke and child-centered residential and day education service to children and young people with complex additional support needs that cannot be accommodated in a mainstream environment.

Alexander's winning design was chosen from over 600 entries, from 11 schools across the constituency.

The theme of the competition was 'Animals at Christmas' with the winning entry depicting a festive polar bear.

The winner was picked by a panel of local artists who had exhibited their artwork in the Glasgow North constituency office as part of a 'Local Artist Project' set up to promote the work of local creative talent.

Patrick Grady MP's Christmas card highlights the work of Glasgow Riding for the Disabled Association, a charity based in the constituency who are dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through the provision of horse riding and carriage driving.

The competition attracted support from local businesses operating in Glasgow North, which will support a donation to Glasgow Riding for the Disabled Association. This year's competition was sponsored by Boveda Hair & Beauty and Pizza Magic.

Patrick Grady MP said:  "Alexander's winning design was a real standout entry and perfectly captured the theme of animals at Christmas. The judges loved his creative entry which cleverly depicted a jolly winter bear with a cosy festive hat.

"All of the design entries were fantastic and a real advert for the artistic talent that we have here in Glasgow North.

"The winning card will be seen by many people and organisations across the constituency and beyond, and highlights the vital work of Glasgow Riding for the Disabled Association in supporting people living with disabilities across the city.

"I'm hugely grateful to all the pupils who took part and for the support they've had from their teachers and schools. Thank you also for the very generous sponsorship from businesses in Glasgow North which helped make this competition a success."

Glasgow Riding for the Disabled Association said: "We are delighted to accept this donation and are grateful to the local businesses who helped support the Christmas card competition. The money raised will help provide equine therapy for children and adults with disabilities from across the Greater Glasgow area".

Kieron O'Brien, Executive Director at East Park said: "We are hugely proud of Alexander for his winning design and all the pupils at East Park who took part in the competition. It was a lot of fun for everyone involved and we're delighted to get recognition for the creative talent that we have here at the school."