A Derry girl could be set to see her art featured on hundreds of thousands of Christmas postal deliveries after reaching the final regional stages of a national Royal Mail competition.
Seven-year-old Kayla Campbell has been named as one of the regional winners in Royal Mail’s children’s Christmas stamp design competition. Her entry will now go through to the next stage of the competition where judges from Northern Ireland will select the top two designs from the region to progress to the finals.
During the national final, HRH The Prince of Wales will lead a panel of judges who will select the two designs from the 24 finalists that will feature on this year’s first and second Class Christmas stamps. The stamps will be on sale from November 5th.
Kayla has already won £100 in vouchers and £100 for her school, St Therese’s in Lenamore. However, this will increase if she progresses in the competition and the Derry primary school pupil could net a prize package totalling £1,000 including vouchers for herself and her school. The overall national winners of the festive competition will win prizes totalling £2,000.
Kayla’s entry along with the other winners from the North is being displayed at a special exhibition being held at The MAC gallery in Belfast. The display will be held until Sunday, 29th September.
Congratulating the local schoolgirl, Foyle MP Mark Durkan said this week: “This is a great achievement by Kayla. Her family and school should be very proud. To be shortlisted out of thousands of lovely entries is no small feat.
“If her colourful picture could now make it on to a 2013 Christmas stamp that would be another great score for Derry in its year as City of Culture.”
Rosemary Walsh, principal at St Therese’s Primary School said staff and pupils are delighted with Kayla’s success in the competition so far.
“We are all so proud of what Kayla’s achieved,” the local principal told the ‘Sunday Journal’. Kayla was in Primary 3 when the competition started and she’s now in Primary 4. She’s just returned to school after having her tonsils out and this has just been a lovely surprise for everyone. It’s a fantastic achievement for someone of Kayla’s age and the whole school is behind her in the competition. She’s just a lovely girl and deserves the success she’s had so far.”
Only twice before in Royal Mail’s history – 1966 and 1981 - have the official Christmas stamps been designed by children.
Royal Mail has received an astonishing 240,000 entries from children aged 4-11-years old from across the UK who entered drawings.