Raymond Briggs selects competition winners

Around 100 children from across East Sussex, West Sussex and South East Hampshire entered our snowman-themed Christmas drawing competition during November and December, which was judged by our Patron, Raymond Briggs CBE.

Raymond Briggs with winning competition entries Jan 2020Open to children aged 4–12 years, the competition asked children to get inspired by Raymond’s iconic character, The Snowman™, and draw or paint a spectacular snowman picture.

On Tuesday 21 January, Raymond Briggs judged the competition, and selected pictures by 10 year-old Leah Cooper from St Leonards-on-Sea and five year-old James Lock from Felpham as the winners. Leah and James will each receive an Amazon Fire Tablet and £50 to spend on Penguin Random House books.

Mandi Hirsch at Chestnut Tree House said: “We love seeing all the children’s entries for this competition, and it’s great to see so many people get involved every year. Creating memorable moments to treasure is central to both Chestnut Tree House and The Snowman story, which is why we’re so grateful to Raymond for his ongoing support and involvement.

“Raymond spent a lot of time looking at all the entries, but in the end selected Leah’s colourful and detailed patchwork-style snowman, and James’s abstract handprint snowman design created with white paint on blue card.

“We’d like to say a special thank to you our friend and Patron, Raymond Briggs, for all his support, and for giving up his time to judge this competition; as well as all the children for getting creative and sending us their special pictures. Congratulations to Leah and James – there was some tough competition, but the pictures were clear winners!”