David and Terry have Christmas cards down to a fine art!

A care home receptionist in Skipton and an 87 year old man from Horsham are the joint winners of a national Christmas card competition run by Barchester Healthcare and their beautiful designs will appear on a charity Christmas card to be received by people throughout the UK.

David Bower, who lives at Westlake House Care Home in Horsham, painted a trio of presents propped against a red post box, while Terry Witham, Receptionist at Threshfield Court Care Home, embroidered a stunning Christmas tree studded with green gems.

Both designs were chosen from hundreds of entries sent into Barchester’s Christmas Card Competition by Barchester staff and residents.

The sale of the cards will help raise money for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation, which helps older people and other adults living with a disability in the UK by offering grants to improve independence, mobility and quality of life.

Terry Whitham said: “There is always a needle and fabric near me and I loved the Christmas tree pattern which I enjoyed creating. I only entered the competition at last minute and was so surprised when it was one of the winning designs. I trust all will enjoy the Christmas tree card and the true message of Christmas as we celebrate’.

Liz Hodgkinson, General Manager at Threshfield Court said: "I am thrilled that Terry’s artwork has been chosen for this year’s Christmas card as her gorgeous design deserves to be seen by people all across the UK. We are so proud to have such talented staff at Threshfield Court."