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Charities benefit from Stagecoach Christmas card Competition

20 Dec 2017

Winners donate cash to their chosen charities

Today, four charities will receive cash donations from the winners of a Stagecoach East Midlands Christmas card competition.

The Alzheimer’s Society, Motor Neuron Disease Association, Candlelighters and The Children's Air Ambulance will all receive donations thanks to the winners of the competition.


The competition was divided into three categories; adults, 8-15 year olds and under 8’s, with a winner chosen for each, receiving a cheque for £100 for themselves plus a £100 for a nominated charity gifted by Stagecoach East Midlands.


The premise was simple, a Christmassy design with a bus related theme.


The winning designs have already been put to good use and are currently being sent out as Stagecoach East Midlands corporate Christmas cards.


Mike Donaldson from Hull was the overall adult winner, but the judging was so difficult a runner up was also awarded a £50 prize and a further £50 donation to a nominated charity. The winners included Izabella Piekarczyk from Mansfield (under 8’s), Marissa Kaczmar from Hull (8-15 year olds) and an extra runner up for the adult category Jenna Dudgeon from Grimsby.


Mike Donaldson, winner of the adult category said: “I was so happy to receive the news that I had won the Christmas card competition, once I had an idea for the design I approached the image in an almost impressionistic way. I chose the Alzheimer's Society to receive the donation after my wife slowly lost her loving grandma to dementia. I hope this contribution helps in the battle to alleviate the effects of this terrible disease.”


Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director, Stagecoach East Midlands said: “We were delighted with the overwhelming response to our annual Christmas card competition. The card designs were fantastic and, as always, we struggled to choose just one winner from each category.


“With Christmas almost upon us, being able to give a gift towards a charity is a great way of giving back and thinking of others at this time of year, congratulations to all our winners.”