Santa judges local youngsters’ art competition

Ten talented tots from Allington Play-Tec nursery at Worcester College of Technology in Worcester, met up with Santa and his big Elf on a construction site at University Park in St John’s this week after taking part in a ‘digger’ painting competition organised by regional contractors Stepnell.

Santa made a scheduled visit to the Worcester site to judge the children’s paintings. Stepnell is currently building Sanctuary Grove, a £22 million care home development at University Park for Sanctuary Group which is due for completion in spring 2015.

All ten digger works of art were so good that Santa and his Elf, Stepnell graduate trainee, Sabrina Spagnoli, had a difficult time choosing the two winning artists Lewis and Jessica both aged four.

Lewis and Jessica were each presented with a book by Santa who also brought a Christmas party bag for all the young artists who took part in Stepnell’s digger painting competition.

“The children produced wonderfully imaginative paintings of diggers in bright and vibrant colours and I can understand why Santa and his Elf found it so difficult to find a winner,” explains Karen Ryan, Stepnell’s best practice manager, who organised the event along with the University Park contract team. “We are grateful to all the children for taking part in the competition and congratulate Lewis and Jessica whose winning entries were fantastic!”

Sanctuary’s development manager Gareth Scannell said: “Sanctuary Grove will provide a range of high quality care accommodation for older people in Worcester once complete, and is also set to provide a whole host of other opportunities within the local community during the construction period. This will include investment in local community programmes and the creation of training and employment opportunities, and we are delighted to see our contractor Stepnell forging early links with Worcester College of Technology.

“The nursery children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the site to see Santa and the diggers, and we hope that other young people who have chance for training or work experience at Sanctuary Grove will get just as much out of it.”

“The children have really enjoyed this experience. They worked really hard on their digger paintings and copied a toy digger to make sure the colour was just right,” says Allington Play-Tec nursery manager Emma Lockwood. “The children also enjoyed watching the digger parade and especially meeting Father Christmas and his Elf. I would like to thank Stepnell for organising this event and making it such a lovely afternoon for the children.”

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