Caring youngster's picture captures hearts of contest judges
17 December 2013
A caring eight-year-old from Swindon has won an art competition organised by Persimmon Homes Wessex after she put the spotlight on children who face being without their fathers at Christmas because they are serving abroad.
Katie Jones, from Meadow Road, entered a competition run by the leading builder in which youngsters throughout Wiltshire were asked to draw a picture on the theme ‘home for Christmas’. She has now won £100 in Toys R Us gift vouchers.
The youngster, who was born in Swindon, captured everyone’s hearts with her picture which depicted a child sitting by a Christmas tree saying “I don’t want presents. I just want Daddy home”. The picture of their house includes the mother saying “I also wish Daddy was home” while outside she has drawn a soldier at the door saying “Hooray! I am home”.
Katie’s mum, Claire Jones, said: “She has always enjoyed drawing and seems very talented at it. She often has her pictures picked out at school. She was very excited about entering the Persimmon Homes competition and gave it a lot of thought, so she was absolutely thrilled when she won.”
Claire, whose husband Brendon Jones works for Audi, added: “She wanted to draw a picture of a soldier coming home for Christmas because of all the children who will not have their daddies with them. She really is caring in that way.”
The couple also have another daughter, Amy, aged three.
Pauline Fletcher, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, said: “The quality of the entries for the competition was very high and we were delighted with the response.
“We were very impressed with Katie’s picture. It is very emotive and she was the obvious choice as our winner. However, we have decided to recognise several other entries in the competition because they were so good and will be sending them Toys R Us vouchers too.”
The colouring competition was run in a Persimmon Homes Wessex newsletter called My Life, which was delivered to homes throughout the region in September. The builder currently has ten sites across Wiltshire producing homes for a cross-section of people from first-time buyers and professional couples to growing families and downsizes.