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Looked after children in County Durham are being asked to showcase their creative flair with a Christmas card design competition.

The winning image will then be printed and sent out by Durham County Council’s children and young people’s service as their official Christmas card for 2017.

Cllr Olwyn Gunn, Cabinet member for children’s and young people’s services, said: “We know just how creative children can be, especially around Christmas time.

“That’s why we’re inviting them to show off their artistic side by drawing, painting, cutting or sticking together a festive picture.

“Last year we had many fantastically vibrant and colourful entries, including pictures of robins, reindeer, Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and snowmen, but we’re convinced this year can be even better, so break out the pens and pencils and get creative.”

One winner will be chosen from each of three age groups (0 – 4 years, 5 – 11 years, and 12 – 18 years), and an overall winner will be chosen out of the three.

The overall winner will receive a £30 shopping voucher while the two runners-up will receive vouchers of £15 each.

The competition is open to all looked after children and young people, up to the age of 18 and in the care of Durham County Council’s foster carers and adopters.

Entrants can submit their artwork through their social worker or support team, or by scanning in their work and e-mailing it to

The closing date for entrants is Friday 17 November, and winners will be chosen on Tuesday 21 November by Cllr Olywn Gunn and Durham County Councils’ strategic manager for looked after children Karen Robb.