Creative pupils' winning artwork brings festive cheer to Hertfordshire's military heroes

Published: 24 Jan 2020

Two artistic St Albans pupils will have their artwork transformed into festive cards for the Armed Forces in 2020 as Runners-up in the Hertfordshire Heroes Christmas Art Competition.


Year 6 pupils Pearl MacMurray and Rebecca Lord, both aged 11, of Wheatfields Junior School in St Albans were Runners-up in this year’s popular contest.


Rebecca’s vibrant design featured images representing the Army, Navy and Air Force, with the Hertfordshire Heroes logo at the centre. Pearl’s drawing was a cute military teddy bear Christmas tree decoration, dressed in an Army uniform and giving a cheery salute.


Chairman of the Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Board, Cllr Terry Douris, said: “This year’s competition was another huge success and shows just how many artistic pupils we have in Hertfordshire. Thanks to the many schools who took part for giving children from across Hertfordshire the chance to show their appreciation of the UK armed forces.


“Many congratulations to our winners whose artwork will serve as a fantastic morale booster to our service men and women who are separated from their families at Christmas time.”


As well as receiving certificates, Pearl and Rebecca won a day of adventure courtesy of Northwood Headquarters, the UK’s principal military headquarters based in Hertfordshire.


Group Captain Jason Sutton OBE, Commanding Officer Northwood HQ said: “This is the second year we have had the pleasure of judging the Hertfordshire Heroes Christmas Art Competition and once again it was a delight.


“What struck us most was how much imagination and creativity had gone into making them. It’s a great example of the magnificent support we in the Armed Forces get from Hertfordshire’s schools and from the Council’s Covenant team, not just at Christmas but all year round.”

The competition, to recognise heroes, was organised by Hertfordshire County Council. Primary school children across the county were asked to design a poster sending Christmas messages to an armed forces unit serving away from home over the holiday period.