News and Media News archive 2014 Winners chosen for WWI schools’ competition Three young school children have won a competition to have their drawings turned into Christmas cards. The competition was run by The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund as part of their Red, White and Blue Day Campaign. Red, White and Blue Day is a national schools campaign run annually by the three official Service charities. It’s an opportunity to highlight the work of the Armed Forces, increase awareness of the difficulties faced by their families, and raise money for the charities. The three charities were inundated with hundreds of submissions to the competition, from which the three winning entries were chosen. These will now be turned into Christmas cards and sold later this year, with the proceeds going to The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldier’s Charity, and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Each of the charities chose a winning design which took inspiration from the WW1 centenary. Patty Wallis, from Red, White and Blue Day said: “There was such a fantastic response to this competition, choosing the winning designs was a really hard task. We want to say a big thank you to every child who entered and to all the schools who supported us with this competition.” The winning designs are: Georgia Machin, aged 10, from Prospect Hill Junior School, Nottingham; Alex Gurteen, aged 14, from Sunnydown School, Caterham, Surrey; and Skylar Miller, aged seven, from RAF Akrotiri School, Cyprus. Sue Osborn, Head Teacher at Prospect Hill Junior School commented: “The school is very proud of Georgia. She obviously has an artistic flair and is also a very talented dancer. She has a super attitude towards everything she does and is a real asset to our school.” Jessica Ortlepp, Head of Marketing and Communications said: “We loved Georgia’s design. The contrast of uniformed personnel with fields of poppies alongside a festive Christmas tree and penguin is simply delightful.” Brigadier Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff, The Soldiers’ Charity, said: “Alex’s design captured Christmas and WW1 in a very imaginative way. This will make a great Christmas card for all supporters of RWB Day and Service families.” The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, adds: “Skylar’s card was very creative; we loved the image of Santa flying with a Red Arrow. She’s clearly very talented for just seven years old and we’re sure that her card will be very popular, especially as the Red Arrows are celebrating their 50th display season this year.” Red, White and Blue Day is held in October every year, where children come in to school wearing red, white or blue, in support of the nations’ service families. RWB Day 2014 will see the largest number of schools participating, with over 100 schools nationwide now taking part.