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  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns

Danielle’s design is a festive winner

AN Eastbourne student’s artistic imagination has won her a £500 lap-top and her school a £1,000 cash prize after she won a competition to design a Christmas card for The Hawthorns retirement development in the town.

Fourteen-year-old Danielle Hearn attends Ratton School in Park Avenue, one of five local schools and colleges which accepted the challenge laid down by The Hawthorns in Carew Road.

All entries were judged by residents and Danielle’s picture of a snow-covered Hawthorns narrowly beat off other entries to take the prize. Danielle walks by the development every day on her way to school so was particularly familiar with it.

Kiki Grigat, Manager at The Hawthorns, said: “We wanted a Christmas card which reflected The Hawthorns and its residents in some shape or form. We thought it would be interesting to offer our younger generation the opportunity to design a card which would strike a chord with our residents. The quality of entrants was superb and it was a very close call to decide the winner but Danielle’s was a popular choice.”

Jane Sula, Curriculum Leader of Arts at Ratton School, added: “This is great for Danielle but also wonderful news for the school because I will be using the £1,000 prize to purchase specialist printing equipment which we wouldn’t normally have the funds to acquire. I’m so grateful to The Hawthorns for running the competition which I think is a great idea for local students.”

The Hawthorns offers residents a unique retirement lifestyle where, for an all-inclusive monthly rental, they can enjoy life to the full complete with an extensive activity and excursion programme and all food and utility bills paid.

The other schools/colleges taking part in the competition were Hazel Court, Cavendish School, Bexhill High School and Seaford Head Community College.