Six-year-old Ellis’s snowman design chosen for digital Christmas card

Date published: 15 December 2018

Christmas has come early for six-year-old Ellis Kelly from Rochdale after his design was chosen to be council chief executive Steve Rumbelow’s official e-card this year.

Mr Rumbelow invited local schools to enter the festive design competition and Ellis’s design, featuring a friendly snowman looking out into the night sky, was chosen.

Ellis Kelly Christmas Card, winner of the 2018 Rochdale Borough Council chief executive’s Christmas Card Competition 2018
Ellis Kelly Christmas Card

His drawing has now been made into an animated electronic card with a moving nose and twinkling colours to be distributed by email to hundreds of individuals and organisations.

This week Mr Rumbelow visited Springside School, where Ellis is a pupil to meet him in person and present him with a framed print of his design, a £50 gift voucher and chocolates for his classmates.

Steve said he was very impressed with Ellis’s design: “I asked local schools to help come up with some festive ideas for my electronic card. We have some budding creatives in our schools, and I received lots of fantastic designs. Ellis’s snowman instantly made me smile and encapsulated the spirit of Christmas, a striking design which has helped make a lovely digital card.”

Richard Kershaw from Springside Primary School said:  “We’re really proud of Ellis, it’s lovely to have one of our pupils stand out with something like this and it was great to have a visit from Steve which the children really enjoyed.”

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