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Matthew's snowman voted best

PUBLISHED: 14:33 30 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:46 11 August 2010

Matthew, mum Vicky, and Margaret Hodge

Matthew, mum Vicky, and Margaret Hodge

MORE than 4,000 children sharpened their crayons, dusted off their felt tip pens, and designed a Christmas card for an MP s annual competition. Barking MP, Margaret Hodge said that she was delighted with the responses, which came from 25 primary and infan

MORE than 4,000 children sharpened their crayons, dusted off their felt tip pens, and designed a Christmas card for an MP's annual competition.

Barking MP, Margaret Hodge said that she was delighted with the responses, which came from 25 primary and infant schools across the borough.

Winner was Matthew Sandford, aged seven, of Trinity Special School in Heathway, Dagenham.

His proud mum, Vicky was at Barking Town Hall last week to help him collect his haul of prizes, including a BMX bike, a Lego set, a board game, and Dr Who Top Trump cards. His school also wins £100.

Manor Infants in Dagenham receives a cheque for £500 for having the most entries per proportion of pupils on their roll.

Ripple Infants in Barking win £300, and Monteagle Primary in Dagenham get £200 for coming second and third.

Each of the 38 runners-up will get a prize thanks to donations from local businesses including c2c Railways, London City Airport, Barking Riverside, and former chairman and founder of Alba, John Harris.

Mrs Hodge said: "The response I get to this competition is absolutely fantastic. This year we had a record number of wonderful entries, and it was really quite difficult to choose the winner.

"The quality of this year's designs just goes to show the creativity and talent of the children in Barking and Dagenham.


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