A schoolgirl from Swindon has won a national competition to have her artwork featured on one of the UK’s leading children’s charity’s 2011 Christmas cards.
Nine-year-old Charlotte Carlisle, a pupil at Longcot and Fernham Church of England Primary School, beat off stiff competition to be crowned the winner of Rainbow Trust’s design a Christmas card competition.
Her cheerful snowman scene is among nine Christmas card designs on sale from the Rainbow Trust, being sold in packs of 10 at £4.50 to raise funds for the charity which, each year, helps around 1,200 families of children battling a life threatening or terminal illness.
Formerly supported by the charity, Charlotte was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia in October 2009, a condition which causes bone marrow failure.
Following a successful bone marrow transplant at Bristol Children’s Hospital in July 2010, she is now well on the road to recovery.
Rainbow support worker Sara, who spent many happy times doing craft work with Lottie during her illness said: ‘I always looked forward to my visits with Lottie as she has a wonderful imagination and she’s a fantastic story teller so there was never a dull moment with her. I’m so proud to see her creative talents recognised and feel very privileged to have been on Lottie’s journey with her and her family over the past year’.
Rainbow also has a selection of Christmas gifts on sale this year to help people get into the true spirit of the season.
Christmas is one of the toughest times of the year for families caring for a seriously ill child, so the charity has created a selection of heart-warming gifts to help bring a smile to the faces of sick children across the UK.
Designed to be purchased on behalf of a loved one, six gifts have been created by the charity to help a Rainbow child or family.
The gifts range from a surprise stocking or artbox for a poorly child who faces Christmas in hospital, to giving an exhausted parent an hour of much needed time to themselves.
Rainbow will send the chosen recipient a special card to highlight the real difference their gift is making to the lives of Rainbow families this festive season.
Speaking about the difference these unique gifts can make, Sean Connolly, whose 3-year-old daughter Iris was seriously ill with a brain tumour, said: “Christmas is a very difficult time for a child to spend in hospital. It’s the time they want to be at home with their family so Father Christmas can come down the chimney and surprise them. It is upsetting when they know that’s not going to happen and, instead, they are going to be stuck in hospital. To be able to bring a bit of Christmas joy into the ward is wonderful. Your gift this Christmas will bring a smile to a very sick child’s face.”
The colourful gift cards will be hand personalised with messages for the purchaser’s loved one, who can even view the gifts in action online as Rainbow has created a series of short videos to highlight how Rainbow will be making things just a little bit better for families in crisis this Christmas.
With gift options ranging from £15 – £100, there is something for every budget and the envelopes are hand stamped for a special personal touch.
Alternatively festive shoppers can support Rainbow by snapping up its Christmas Crackers, giving their dinner guests a chance to win a prize they’ll never forget; including a £5,000 Boodle’s diamond, a stay at the luxurious 5* St Martin’s Lane Hotel or a Merlin Annual Family Pass, offering unlimited access to attractions such as Alton Towers, The London Eye and Legoland.
Boxes of 5 crackers are available at £10, each containing the customary Christmas hat and joke.
For a full list of Rainbow Trust Christmas gifts please visit the Rainbow Trust gift shop at: www.rainbowtrust.org.uk/Shop