Primary pupils help spread Christmas cheer
Published by Kelly Elliott for Cestria Community Housing in Housing and also in Communities
10-year-old Nettlesworth Primary School pupil Abbie Nicholson pictured with Cestria Customer relationship Manager Lisa Coverdale (left) and Head of Corporate Services Christine Scott.
Creative school children have helped a North East housing association spread some festive cheer by designing their company Christmas card.
Pupils from Nettlesworth Primary School in County Durham were asked by Cestria Community Housing Association to draw or paint a picture to be used on the front of their card this year.
Ten-year-old Abbie Nicholson came up with the winning design, which was incorporated into an e-card and emailed to all Cestria’s partners and stakeholders.
Cestria staff presented Abbie and her fellow pupils with framed copies of their designs during a special presentation this week.
Cestria is currently in the process of building new homes in the village of Nettlesworth and has been working hard to forge links with the local community ahead of building work starting in the New Year.
Earlier this year the association asked pupils from the school to design artwork to brighten up the walls of The Cestria Hub - Cestria’s customer contact point in nearby Chester-le-Street.
Lisa Coverdale, Cestria Customer Relationship Manager, said: “Our work is very much community based and we wanted to involve members of the local community in designing our Christmas card this year, especially with Cestria building new homes in Nettlesworth.
“The children came up with some brilliant designs and it was very hard picking a winner.
“Abbie’s design was just perfect and we hope it will spread some Christmas cheer to everyone who receives it.”
Nettlesworth head teacher Leonora Roberts said: ““We’ve really enjoyed working with Cestria on this project and earlier in the year too. Nettlesworth is quite a small community and there are not many opportunities to work in partnership like this so it’s been a valuable experience.
“With the new houses being built close to the school we hope there will be other opportunities in the future to work together again.”
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