This year Father Christmas has ditched his traditional sleigh and reindeers in favour of an ambulance. But don’t worry, he hasn’t sacked Rudolph in favour of blue lights and sirens, it is actually just the creative imagination of a little girl who won a competition to design the London Ambulance Service’s Christmas card.
Three-year-old Ashantia attends Richard House Children’s Hospice based in Docklands, one of three in London that provides vital services to terminally ill children and their families. This year, London Ambulance Service Chief Executive Peter Bradley adopted the three hospices—Richard House, Shooting Star in Hampton and Haven House in Woodford as the official charities of the Service.
To show its continued support, the Service invited children who use the hospices to design the official London Ambulance Service Christmas card and it was Ashantia’s colourful design that caught Peter’s eye. Her card has now been produced and is being sent to 2,000 of the Service’s partner organisations, contacts and suppliers across the capital and beyond.
Newham Ambulance Operations Manager Trevor Hubbard and Duty Station Officer Mark Sommerville visited the hospice recently to present Ashantia with a giant version of her card and a box of cards which she can give to family and friends.
Trevor said: “We really liked Ashantia’s design—it was bright and colourful and she had put a lot of work into it. We just hope that Father Christmas does not draw inspiration from the card and attach blue lights and sirens to Rudolph! We must say a huge thank you to all the children that took the time to enter the competition. All three children’s hospices in London do a fantastic job and it is nice that we can do something to entertain the children at Christmas.”
To thank all the children who entered the competition for their artistic efforts, the Service will be giving each of the hospices £250 to buy Christmas gifts for the children.
Richard House Children’s Hospice Community Fundraising Manager Viv Talbot, said: “Everyone at Richard House is thrilled that Ashantia’s design has been selected for the London Ambulance Service Christmas card this year. All the children really enjoyed creating their pictures with help from our play and care workers and are delighted that their efforts are being rewarded with gifts for everyone.”
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