Winners of Christmas Card and 2021 Calendar competition revealed!
Every year Digby Brown hosts an art competition for brain injury survivors with winning pieces chosen to create cards and calendars.
One lucky artist sees their artwork used for the annual Digby Brown Christmas Card which the firm uses to send festive wishes to external partners and stakeholders.
While the 2021 Calendar showcases the top 13 pieces of art – one for the front cover and 12 for each of the months – and is shared with ABI support units across Scotland.
And now, we are pleased to confirm this year’s winners are in!
Judges for the annual competition, now in its seventh year, were impressed by the high standard of artwork as well as the sheer number of entries received.
The standard was so high in fact, that judges could not decide on an overall Christmas Card winner so instead chose two winners with one piece of art used for the external card with the second entry adorning another card that Digby Brown will mail to its own staff.
Each winning card and calendar artist will receive a £20 M&S voucher, certificate and their own copy of the card and calendar while the charity they represent also receives a cheque for £200.
The winning artworks are usually unveiled at a glitzy ceremony in Glasgow but due to lockdown a virtual afternoon tea was held instead via Zoom.
The online bash was held on the afternoon of Tuesday 8 December with special hampers sent to guests in advance.
Event host Chris Stewart, Head of Digby Brown’s Serious Injury Department, praised the efforts of entrants and paid tribute to the innovative measures taken by support groups and healthcare professionals to overcome the challenges of COVID to help maintaining care for ABI survivors.
Annmarie Rocks, CSR Manager at Digby Brown, added: "Every year we are proud to work alongside charities, support groups and individuals as we create our cards and calendars and this year we were truly blown away by the standard of entries – and there was nearly 100 of them!
“While giving back matters we are also simply glad to be able to offer brain injury survivors a creative outlet as a means to express themselves in ways that traditional methods can't fulfil.
“Lockdown restrictions may have put an end to our annual winner’s night but it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate – so thank you to everyone who entered, congratulations to the winners and I hope everyone has the best possible Christmas and New Year.”
A total of 200 cards and 500 calendars were produced and have now been sent to more than 135 recipients across the ABI welfare network.
The winners for the Christmas Card and 2021 Calendar are:
Christmas Card Winners
Gillian Taggart – Abi’s Café (external card)
Donnie McHarg – Headway Glasgow (internal card)
Cover – Patrick Kavanagh – Headway Ayrshire
January – Quincy McGarrie – Headway Ayrshire
February – Fionna Balfour – Headway East Lothian
March – David Dower Thomson – Individual entry
April – Hazel Mann – Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation
May – Karen Boyle – Fife Headway
June – Lynne Whitton – Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation
July – Steven Walker – Headway Glasgow
August – Patricia Whyatt – BIEN Group
September – Roseanne Sinclaire – Astley Ainsley Hospital
October – John Dalling – Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation
November – Karen Danks – Headway Ayrshire
December – Scott Hutchinson – Edinburgh Headway Group