Patrick Grady

Congratulations to 15 year old Jack Slavin from Abercorn Secondary School whose festive village night scene was chosen from over 480 entries, from 9 schools across the constituency.

 This year the card highlights the work of Flourish House, an independent charity based in the constituency which assists people with mental illness. The charity, based in woodlands, enable people to gain a sense of well-being, recover confidence and skills whilst achieving social, financial and vocational goals.

The competition attracted sponsorship from local businesses Arnold Clark and Brett Nicholls Associates which will help support a donation to Flourish House.

The competition was judged by 11 professional local artists who had previously exhibited their artwork in Patrick Grady MP’s constituency office as part of the ‘Local Artist Project’, set up to promote the work of local creative talent.

Abercorn Secondary School caters for young people with additional support needs, and provides a nurturing environment based on the belief that all young people deserve to be successful and confident individuals. Head teacher Patricia McGowan said: “We are so proud that Jack has won the competition, and are really looking forward to seeing his fantastic artwork on the 2017 Parliamentary Christmas card.”

Abercorn pupils are on a winning streak, after recently being chosen as joint winners of the Young Award at the Community Champions Awards. The pupils were presented with the award in recognition of their highly respected contribution to the community as volunteers and champions for local charities and projects.

Jack’s winning design was a real standout entry and captured the festive spirit of the year’s competition with its bright colours, starry night sky, and beautiful community Christmas tree.
All of the design entries were excellent, and a real advert for the artistic talent that is widespread in Glasgow North and across our city.

The winning card will be seen by many people and organisations across Glasgow North, and I’m delighted to be able to highlight he vital work of Flourish House in support of people with mental health difficulties.

Thank you to all the children who took part and for the support they’ve had from their teachers and schools. I am also very grateful for the very generous sponsorship from businesses in Glasgow North which enabled this competition to take place

Flourish House said: “We are delighted to accept the donation from the businesses who were kind enough to donate. The money raised will go towards our Christmas Day celebrations, when we will open the door to approximately 40 service users to share Christmas lunch and celebrate together.


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