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Competition win for Poplars pupil

PUBLISHED: 15:01 23 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:28 05 July 2010

A NINE-year-old pupil from Poplars Primary School, in Lowestoft, has beaten thousands of other children to win a competition highlighting the work of Marie Curie nurses.

A NINE-year-old pupil from Poplars Primary School, in Lowestoft, has beaten thousands of other children to win a competition highlighting the work of Marie Curie nurses.

Ella Smith, who is in year four, was one of 160 youngsters in her school to enter Suffolk's Marie Curie Cancer Care Mini Pots of Care painting challenge.

And she was picked from entrants in more than 64 schools across the country for her winning design.

The brightly coloured picture shows four children of difference races and abilities holding hands in a garden on a sunny day, which caught the eye of the judges.

She was presented with her prize by Angela Bussey, Marie Curie's community fundraiser for Suffolk and Norfolk, who said despite the massive amount of participants, Ella's entry stood out.

“She is nine and I thought the drawing for a nine-year-old was fantastic. It showed happiness which is very important for our charity as although cancer is a serious issue there should be some positivity. There were some wonderful colours used.”

The concept behind the competition was launched last autumn, when more than 281,000 children across the UK planted daffodil bulbs in mini pots using packs with material given to them by Marie Curie.

During the winter they were asked to care for them while learning about the work of the charity.

When the daffodils bloomed in March, children then took part in the national Paint Your Pot Day, with a wrap donated by Marie Curie to attach to pots, which then went home to someone they cared about in return for a small donation to the charity.

“The competition is in its third year now and it's been growing bigger and bigger. It's such a fun thing to involve the children in and help them understand the subject of cancer,” said Ms Bussey.

Ella was awarded a painting kit prize and £50 of book vouchers for her school donated by partners Yellow Pages, together with £50 matched funding for the charity. She also received a certificate and a cuddly dog mascot, donated by City Link.

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