Issued: December 8, 2017
MP's Christmas card competition
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Jayden Connolly with Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing and with Mrs Laing and Joanna Fry, business development executive with Haslers
A festive picture by a pupil at Epping Primary School has won Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing's Christmas card competition.
Some 900 copies of Jayden Connolly's design have been printed as Mrs Laing's official Christmas card.
Prime Minister Theresa May is among those to have been sent one of the cards.
The competition was open to all junior schools in the constituency, with designs on the theme of Santa Claus in Epping Forest.
Mrs Laing said: "I was delighted to visit Epping Primary School and meet Jayden and his classmates in Ash Class, and to present Jayden with his book prize and also some of the cards so he can send them to his friends and family.
"Jayden came up with a brilliant design and I was particularly impressed with Santa's brilliant red coat and his beaming smile."
Jayden, aged nine, said he was "really proud" to have won the competition which was once again sponsored by Loughton-based chartered accountants Haslers which has also made a donation to St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood.
Runners-up were Alisa Bucatel (Year 5, Epping Primary School), Alice Rose Clarke (Year 2, Epping Primary School), Leo Smith (Year 1, Chigwell Row Infants School), Mason Tomlinson (Year 6, Upshire Primary Foundation School), Hana Pasalic-Ali (Year 6, Daiglen School), Aaryan Agarwal (Year 6, Daiglen School), Abigail Gardner (Reception, Upshire Primary Foundation School).