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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

Joseph's design is a festive winner

Joseph's design is a festive winnerA WICKHAM Bishops student’s artistic imagination has won him a £500 lap-top and his school a £1,000 cash prize after he won a competition to design a Christmas card for The Hawthorns retirement development in Braintree.

Seventeen-year-old Joseph Craveiro attends The Maltings Academy in Witham, one of three local schools and colleges which accepted the challenge laid down by The Hawthorns at Meadow Park, Braintree.

All entries were judged by residents and Joseph’s robin design beat off other entries to take first prize.

Ed Hopkins, Relief 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 Joseph’s was a popular choice.”

Hayley Lee, Head of Art at The Maltings Academy, added: “This is great for Joseph but also wonderful news for the school because I will be using the £1,000 prize to purchase lots of additional art equipment. I’m so grateful to The Hawthorns for running the competition which I think was a great idea for local students.”

Second prize went to 13-year-old Zoe Thompson of Witham, also from The Maltings, who wins £50 gift vouchers, while third prize and £20 gift vouchers went to 17-year-old Ivan Shiplaw of Braintree who is from Notley High School.

The Hawthorns offers residents a unique retirement lifestyle where, for an all-inclusive monthly fee, they can enjoy life to the full complete with an extensive activity and excursion programme and all bills paid. Resident Mrs Eileen Weaver said: “We had a great time judging the students’ designs. They are clearly a very talented bunch but we loved Joseph’s robin design. I’m sure it will make for a beautiful Christmas card for residents and staff to send off to friends, family and contacts.”

The other schools taking part in the competition were Alex Hunter and Notley High.