IMG_20181214_132256.jpgA resident of The Birches in North Lincolnshire, which caters for people with learning disability, has creative designs on Christmas after winning the annual Hica Group card competition.

The crafty talent of Allan Ellis from The Birches in Brigg saw him produce the winning Father Christmas and reindeer theme card that’s become the official Hica Christmas card, which hosts the competition as part of its activity-led care programme.

His creation was selected from among five finalists and will feature on hundreds of cards distributed by the organisation this festive season.

This enables residents living with dementia or learning disabilities to enjoy and benefit from a host of creative activities and beneficial pursuits.

This year’s competition, which was open to all Hica’s service users, saw dozens of entries submitted for judging, with the winning card praised for its eye-catching design and seasonal sentiment.

Judges from the Hica Group Shine Forum selected the best designs to be featured with the finalists all gifted a set of printed cards featuring their own designs along with a festive hamper.

Allan said: “It was very exciting to win. The competition was really good fun. Hopefully my card will now encourage other residents to participate next year.”

Penni Brown, Hica CEO, said: “As ever, the standard of designs for this year’s competition was very high. Judging was again difficult with so many fantastic entries to pick from. However, congratulations to Allan for a great design and getting into the festive spirit.

“Our creative activities are important as they support the care of our residents. Our activity coordinators specialise in providing enriching activities, which support the wellbeing of the residents. The Christmas card competition is a perfect fit for this programme.”

The other finalists were Jean Tong from Wilton Lodge, Dinah O’Connor from Tamarix, Sarah Horner from Kirkgate House, and Hica at Home – Doncaster service user, Betty Northedge.

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