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Alder Hey children spark joy in festive Christmas card competition for Tom’s Trust

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Judges of the competition holding up winning entries and smiling

A Christmas card competition held by brain tumour charity Tom’s Trust saw judges blown away with the creations by children from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Tom’s Trust held the competition with the help of their psychologists at the hospital in Liverpool, with lots of entries received from children who are currently being treated there.

First place went to Patrick, six, who crafted a dazzling Nativity scene. Patrick is currently receiving support from a Tom’s Trust psychologist following a brain tumour diagnosis.

Second place went to Harry, eight, who wowed judges with his Christmas trees and reindeer design. Harry is also under the care of a Tom’s Trust psychologist at the hospital, and was there on the day the winners were announced to receive his prize. Third place went to Charlie, seven, with a jolly Christmas tree design. Charlie is under the care of the wider oncology team at the hospital.

Sarah Hampton, Regional Fundraiser and Community Development Officer at Tom’s Trust, said: “It was incredibly hard for our judges to choose the top three designs, the entries were all incredible and so festive.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Billy Hui and Wendy Williamson from SingMe Merseyside, as well as our psychologist Meghan Owens, for their fantastic judging. We’d also like to say thank you to John Lewis in Liverpool. Their team generously donated presents to the three winners as prizes and wrapped them beautifully. We’d also like to thank Langham Press in Cambridge, who have printed the cards for us to sell this year. And lastly, a huge congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all the children who entered the competition.”

All proceeds from the Christmas cards will go to Tom’s Trust, to give the gift of mental health care to children with brain tumours this Christmas.

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