Thompsons Solicitors ran a festive art competition across its 18 offices for the children of its staff members and the top two entries have been used on the firm’s Christmas card for 2019.

The winners are Phoebe Broadhurst, eight, from Liverpool and Aoife Reynolds, five, from London. As part of the competition, the winners chose an organisation to receive a donation.

 

Phoebe, who came first in the competition, chose Alder Hey Children’s charity to receive £250. Aoife, the runner up, chose her school, St Anselm’s Primary School, to receive £100.

Phoebe presented the donation to Hayley Thomas, head of corporate fundraising at the charity, in its headquarters situated in Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Ms Thomas said: “Families, visitors and staff often tell us about the ‘magic’ they feel at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and that is only possible through donations like this from Thompsons Solicitors.”

The money will go towards funding life-saving equipment, vital research and innovation to provide the best support possible.

Aoife presented her donation to deputy headteacher of the school, Maria O’Connell, at an achievement ceremony held at the school in front of her classmates.

Mrs O’Connell said: “We’re always hearing how children are spending more and more time playing computer games, especially in the darker winter months, so this competition was a great way to encourage children to go back to the basics and foster some creativity.

“The money Aoife donated will go towards building a music room at the school which will spark more creativity from other children.”

Approximately 1,000 contacts and friends of the firm will receive the Christmas card, including trade union officials, charitable organisations, MPs and members of the House of Lords.