Councillor Greg Brackenridge, the current Mayor of Wolverhampton, invited schoolchildren to submit designs with a promise that the best ones would feature on his official card.
Now the work of the winners, aged from 4 to 13, have been turned into Christmas e-cards which are being sent out to civic dignitaries, community leaders, members of the armed forces, businesses and faith groups.
More than 1,000 children, aged from 4 to 16, entered the competition and the winners, who were selected by a cross-party panel of councillors and a representative from the business community, were: Oscar Corbett, aged 4 who attends Oak Meadow Primary School, Simran Wahid, aged 5 who attends Perry Hall Primary School, Veeran Wahid, aged 9 who attends Perry Hall Primary School, Zachary McCulloch, aged 11 who attends Bilston CofE Primary School, Natalie Chanelle Freeman, aged 13, who attends Moseley Park School and Karolina Wlaznik, aged 13, who attends Thomas Telford School.
Councillor Brackenridge said: “It was wonderful for my fellow judges and I to witness the high volume and standard of entries from many schools across the city in this year’s Mayoral Christmas card competition.
“We had a very difficult task in selecting the winners and runners up in the various age categories and I would like to thank all who entered for their amazing efforts as well as the judges for giving up their time.
“We really do have a wealth of talent amongst our young artists in the city. The winners and runners up will be invited to the Mayor’s Parlour and will receive a special memento of their achievement.
“I would also like to thank the competition sponsors - Collins Aerospace, Region Security and Goughs - who all made generous donations to the Mayoral charities.”
This year’s Mayoral charities are the Staffordshire Regiment Regimental Charity which works with veterans on issues such as homelessness, finance, recuperation and mental health issues, Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation, the official charity of Wolves FC, which educates and inspires local people and communities, creating opportunities and changing lives and Alternative Giving CIO which helps homeless and vulnerable people in Wolverhampton.
To make a donation to the Mayoral charities, people can text the word WVMAYOR followed by a space and the amount you want to donate to 70085. For example, to donate £3, send the text WVMAYOR 3 to 70085.