Service users’ designs adorn Danshell company Christmas card

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A Danshell Group service user from Bishop Auckland has proved his artistic merit by winning the company’s Christmas art project.

The Danshell Christmas card competition was launched to encourage service users to feel involved in the company and to produce a design for the company’s corporate card for Christmas 2016.

The winning design, chosen from more than 130 entries from across the UK, depicts a snowy scene featuring reindeer, a snowman and Father Christmas. The festive creation was designed by Shane, who lives atThornfield Grange in Bishop Auckland.

The result was very close, with a gentleman at Bostall House in Abbey Wood London coming in 2nd place, and two people sharing 3rd place from Dundee and Darlington. Their designs will also be turned into Danshell corporate Christmas cards, giving a choice of designs.

Service users from across the country were invited to take part in the judging day. All the staff at the York Office also got involved in the judging process, including the Chief Executive and Finance Director. Everyone enjoyed themselves and got into the festive spirit enjoying the buffet, Christmas music and games.

Mel Ramsey, Chief Executive of Danshell, said: “The voting day for our Christmas card competition was just incredible, I was absolutely overwhelmed by the number of cards we received. The Christmas card competition is a way of recognising the creative talents of the people we support, and it certainly did just that.

“The standard of entries was exceptionally high and it was not easy to choose between the pieces of art work. However, Shane’s fantastic design received the most votes and everyone was absolutely delighted for him.

We cannot forget to also congratulate our 2nd and joint 3rd entry winners, and indeed every one of the 130 cards we received. It really is starting to feel a lot like Christmas now”

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