This year marked the 13th year of my annual Christmas Card Competition, the biggest of its kind in Parliament. I had a staggering 6,154 entries from 18 primary schools across the Borough. Every year I am amazed by how talented children in Barking and Dagenham are. In fact judging the competition was so difficult this year that I added an extra runner-up prize!
It was great to see over 100 people at the prize giving ceremony, which was brilliantly hosted by Darren Rodwell, Leader of the Council. The winners took away goody bags filled with toys and games which included Furbies and signed Daggers footballs. The event coincided with Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper day so we held a bake sale and sported our best jumpers to raise money for this brilliant charity.
The fantastic runners up were Lily Baxendale, aged 4 from Southwood Primary School; Aimee Durkin, age 7 from Roding Primary School, and Phoebe Jo Wear, age 10, also from Roding Primary School.
Huge congratulations go to the winner Shubby Okunaiya, age 8 from Trinity Special School. Shubby’s wonderful card has been sent out to over 400 people including senior MPs, councillors, and all my friends and family!
I would like to say a very big thank you to my wonderful sponsors: London City Airport, C2C, Port of London Authority, Wilkos, Selfridges & Co, Tesco, Closed Loop Recycling, Nicholls & Clarke Group, McDonalds, Estates & Agency Group, Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club, Agilisys, Kip McGrath Education Centres Barking, Tesco, Panther Print & Design, Smyths Toys and Greggs. I am so grateful for their contributions which helped make the day such a huge success.
Below are the winners entries: