Mayor’s card con­test hon­ours heroic Cap­tain Hicks

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By GPHIL CREIGHTON news@wok­ing­ham­pa­

A HEROIC sol­dier who died while serv­ing in Afghanistan has been remembered through a Christ­mas card con­test.

Wok­ing­ham bor­ough mayor, Cllr Rob Stan­ton, asked pupils to de­sign his fes­tive greet­ing and use it as an op­por­tu­nity to mark the 10th an­niver­sary of the death of Cap­tain David Hicks MC, who was posthu­mously awarded the Mil­i­tary Cross – one of the high­est mil­i­tary hon­ours – for his courage and hero­ism in the line of duty.

The theme of the card was help­ing oth­ers at Christ­mas time, with a view to cel­e­brat­ing peo­ple who, much like Cap­tain Hicks MC did, work through­out the Christ­mas pe­riod to help oth­ers: doc­tors, nurses, po­lice of­fi­cers, sol­diers, fire­fight­ers, and many more

En­tries were split into three age groups, and a win­ner se­lected for each age group and a sub­se­quent over­all win­ner cho­sen. The win­ning de­sign was drawn by Zelia Fer­nan­des from Win­nersh Pri­mary School.

Cap­tain Hicks’ par­ents, Alun and Les­ley, acted as judges and do­nated the prizes.

They joined the Mayor and May­oress, Mau­reen Stan­ton, to present Zelia with a cer­tifi­cate, as well as £1,000 prize money for her school.

The two run­ners-up – from Robert Pig­gott Pri­mary School and St Ni­cholas Hurst Pri­mary School – re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate and £250 each for their schools.

The Hicks’ will also use the win­ning de­sign when they send out their Christ­mas cards this year.

Cllr Stan­ton said: “I was hon­oured to be able to run the com­pe­ti­tion this year with the sup­port of Alun and Les­ley, par­ents of Cap­tain David Hicks MC.

“We had a huge num­ber of en­trants in all three cat­e­gories, and the stan­dards were very high.

“Well done to Zelia, and ev­ery­one else who en­tered.”

From left: Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Mayor Cllr Rob Stan­ton and May­oress Mau­r­ren, He­len Pow­ell (Head­teacher, Win­nersh Pri­mary School), Zelia Fer­nan­des (win­ner of the card con­test) and Les­ley and Alun Hicks

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