Hemel schoolgirl's artwork to feature on festive cards for Armed Forces

A Hemel Hempstead pupil’s artwork will be transformed into festive cards for the Armed Forces, after winning Hertfordshire Heroes Christmas Art Competition.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 5:33 pm
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 9:56 am

Faith Kilford, 10, from Chambersbury Primary School, was the winner of this year’s competition and received her prize at a school presentation assembly last Wednesday.

The year 6 student's striking picture of a troupe of soldiers carrying a Christmas tree, complete with sparkly lights and a snowy backdrop, impressed the judges.

Chairman of the Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Board, Cllr Terry Douris, said: “This year’s competition was another huge success and shows just how many artistic pupils we have in Hertfordshire. Thanks to the many schools who took part for giving children from across Hertfordshire the chance to show their appreciation of the UK armed forces.

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“Many congratulations to our winners whose artwork will serve as a fantastic morale booster to our service men and women who are separated from their families at Christmas time.”

As well as receiving a certificate, Faith won a day of adventure courtesy of Northwood Headquarters, the UK’s principal military headquarters based in Hertfordshire.

Group Captain Jason Sutton OBE, commanding officer Northwood HQ said: “This is the second year we have had the pleasure of judging the Hertfordshire Heroes Christmas Art Competition and once again it was a delight.

“What struck us most was how much imagination and creativity had gone into making them. It’s a great example of the magnificent support we in the Armed Forces get from Hertfordshire’s schools and from the Council’s Covenant team, not just at Christmas but all year round.”

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The competition, to recognise heroes, was organised by Hertfordshire County Council. Primary school children across the county were asked to design a poster sending Christmas messages to an armed forces unit serving away from home over the holiday period.

At the presentation assembly Faith was watched by her parents and joined by Chairman of the Armed Forces Covenant Board, Cllr Terry Douris, Councillor Tina Howard, Group Captain Jason Sutton OBE and colleague Sgt Patrick Slaney.

Sgt Patrick Slaney brought a battlefield ambulance to the school which the children were able to ask questions about.