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Portsmouth MP announces winners of his annual Christmas card competition supporting Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards on 100th anniversary

By 19 December 2023December 24th, 2023No Comments

Stephen Morgan MP has announced the winners of his 2023 Christmas card competition for school-aged children, encouraging donations to the Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards on the year of their 100th anniversary.

Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards is the oldest in the UK and have been saving lives at sea for 100 years since 1933 and has been chosen as the Christmas card theme this year is ‘Christmas by the seaside’.

Young people across Portsmouth South were asked to send in their designs to his office for judging with hundreds of entries received from 11 different schools.

The city MP visited the secondary school and primary school winners on the last day of term to present prizes at their respective schools of Priory School in Southsea and Cottage Grove in Somerstown.

The winner, Anjelica (Priory), won first place for her drawing of a winter beach scene. Sophia (Cottage Grove) claimed runner-up for her colourful drawing of Portsmouth’s sunset on the coast.

The winning entry is featuring as the design for Stephen’s official Christmas card. The card is being sent to hundreds of individuals and organisations across the constituency and country, with a copy sent to His Majesty the King.

Commenting, Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan said:

”I am delighted to announce this year’s winner and runner-up for their fantastic entries to my annual Christmas card competition. Portsmouth’s young people set the highest standard of entries every year, but the work of Anjelica and Sophia stood out in this year’s theme.

“The Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards undertake lifesaving work which is why I wanted to honour them as part of my Christmas card competition on their 100th anniversary year.

“Their lifesaving work is run entirely by volunteers and the kind donations of Portsmouth people. I encourage those able to do so to donate to the organisation to enable them to provide their rescue service along our seafront.”

Mr Morgan is encouraging local people to support to the Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards if they are able to, by donating to their fundraiser here.