6-year-old pupil donates £250 to children’s charity

Grosvenor Billinghursts christmas card competition winner joshua handelGrosvenor Billinghurst’s Christmas card competition winner, Joshua Handel, 6, receives £250 to donate to The Brompton Fountain

A pupil from Parkside School in Cobham has donated £250 to a children’s charity dedicated to supporting those with serious, often life threatening, conditions after winning Grosvenor Billinghurst’s inaugural Christmas card design competition.

Joshua Handel, from Cobham, was among many hopeful entrants from around Elmbridge who were invited to design their interpretation of how Grosvenor Billinghurst’s official 2021 Christmas card should look on A4 paper, and hand it in to one of the estate agent’s offices in Cobham, Claygate and Hinchley Wood. The prize was £250 to donate to the winner’s choice of charity and an iPad Mini.

Joshua nominated The Brompton Fountain, which supports children under the care of Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals, to receive the £250 as donated by the Elmbridge independent estate agent.

The winning design, which depicts a snowy Christmas scene at night-time, now features on Grosvenor Billinghurst’s Christmas card and is being sent to hundreds of people across Surrey.

On winning the competition, Joshua comments: “I wanted to help the hurt children because Christmas is special and important and they should be with their mummies and daddies and have presents. I couldn’t believe I won an iPad. Now I can FaceTime Granny and Bubba whenever I want. And play chess against my friend Ollie.”

Gareth Davies, Managing Director at Grosvenor Billinghurst, adds: “We asked children throughout the Elmbridge community to pick up their pens and pencils and get creative, and they did not disappoint. Joshua’s design is fantastic and we’re proud to feature his work on our Christmas card. His decision for choosing The Brompton Fountain is incredibly touching and it would be an honour to support the team in some way. We’re delighted with the response to this year’s competition and would like to thank everyone who entered for putting so much effort in.”

Trudy Nickels, Chief Executive at The Brompton Fountain, concludes: “What a great idea! We’re thrilled to have been chosen and would like to thank Joshua for thinking of us. We’d also like to thank Grosvenor Billinghurst for their generous donation. It was a huge surprise and one that’s definitely made our Christmas.” 

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