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Byline: This summer, reindeer, snowmen and all things festive will be top of mind for budding young artists entering the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Christmas Card Competition called ‘Create Christmas’.
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Four talented youngsters, aged between seven to 16 years old, will win the opportunity to see their Christmas card designs go on sale across the UK and Ireland, helping to raise funds for the charity that saves lives at sea.

Whether the design is traditional, modern or funny, young artists entering the competition can choose from three themes when creating their card – ‘The Rescue’, ‘Coastal Christmas’ or ‘Christmas for the Crew’. The charity is hoping to receive a variety of imaginative and colourful festive ideas using a wide range of materials and entries can be anything from hand-drawings, collages or paintings to computer generated designs. Inspiration can also be drawn from the extraordinary lifesaving work of the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew and lifeguards – last year alone RNLI lifeguards helped 16,418 people, including 7,088 children on beaches in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews rescued 7,964 people, including 419 children across the UK and Ireland.

Artist Emma Ball, who designed one of the most popular Christmas cards for the RNLI last year, advises young artists to keep their designs simple as this often leads to the best ideas. She says, ‘Plan your card by drawing a few sketches first, show them to your friends and family and see which they like best before you paint the finished card. If using paints then make sure you keep them clean – you’ll have a brighter and more colourful painting at the end if you do. Nice bright and cheerful cards always work well – you may be putting a smile on someone’s face when they receive them.’

The four lucky winners will see their cards sold in a variety box next year through the RNLI’s shops, catalogue and website. They will win a two night stay for three at RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, with a VIP tour and a chance to meet RNLI mascot Stormy Stan. The winners will also head to the beach to take part in the charity’s unique ‘Hit the Surf’ scheme where they will learn how to stay safe in the surf with RNLI lifeguards. In addition they will also receive Storm Force membership, the RNLI’s junior membership group. The winners, plus six runners-up, will also see their designs produced as e-cards at RNLIshop.org.uk and both winners and runners-up will receive a fun-packed RNLI goody bag.

Helen Glossop, the RNLI’s Christmas Card Buyer says: ‘It’s a great chance for children to get creative and have fun making their festive designs over the summer holidays. It’s also an opportunity to think about the lifesaving work of the RNLI as well as the importance of helping a charity. We’re looking for vibrant and refreshing designs that will really stand out on mantlepieces in thousands of homes during Christmas 2014.’

The competition is open to children aged seven to 16 years old (by the closing date) living in the UK or Ireland and closes on Monday 30 September 2013. For full details and entry information visit the RNLIshop website rnlishop.org/create-christmas.html. To find out more about Storm Force membership visit rnli.org/stormforce.

 

Storm Force Group Membership
Teachers can sign up their class for Storm Force Group Membership to receive:
• a bumper activity booklet for each member containing puzzles, make and do, colouring in and lots more
• a copy of Storm Force magazine for every five members four times a year; packed with rescue stories, news, activities, comic strips, water safety advice, educational articles and competitions with cool prizes
• a membership card with unique membership number
• a shiny new badge for each member for every year of membership
• plus, Stormy Stan replies to each and every letter, drawing, photo or joke submitted and there are special gifts for those published in the magazine too.

Byline: This summer, reindeer, snowmen and all things festive will be top of mind for budding young artists entering the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Christmas Card Competition called ‘Create Christmas’.
Page Content:

Four talented youngsters, aged between seven to 16 years old, will win the opportunity to see their Christmas card designs go on sale across the UK and Ireland, helping to raise funds for the charity that saves lives at sea.

Whether the design is traditional, modern or funny, young artists entering the competition can choose from three themes when creating their card – ‘The Rescue’, ‘Coastal Christmas’ or ‘Christmas for the Crew’. The charity is hoping to receive a variety of imaginative and colourful festive ideas using a wide range of materials and entries can be anything from hand-drawings, collages or paintings to computer generated designs. Inspiration can also be drawn from the extraordinary lifesaving work of the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew and lifeguards – last year alone RNLI lifeguards helped 16,418 people, including 7,088 children on beaches in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews rescued 7,964 people, including 419 children across the UK and Ireland.

Artist Emma Ball, who designed one of the most popular Christmas cards for the RNLI last year, advises young artists to keep their designs simple as this often leads to the best ideas. She says, ‘Plan your card by drawing a few sketches first, show them to your friends and family and see which they like best before you paint the finished card. If using paints then make sure you keep them clean – you’ll have a brighter and more colourful painting at the end if you do. Nice bright and cheerful cards always work well – you may be putting a smile on someone’s face when they receive them.’

The four lucky winners will see their cards sold in a variety box next year through the RNLI’s shops, catalogue and website. They will win a two night stay for three at RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, with a VIP tour and a chance to meet RNLI mascot Stormy Stan. The winners will also head to the beach to take part in the charity’s unique ‘Hit the Surf’ scheme where they will learn how to stay safe in the surf with RNLI lifeguards. In addition they will also receive Storm Force membership, the RNLI’s junior membership group. The winners, plus six runners-up, will also see their designs produced as e-cards at RNLIshop.org.uk and both winners and runners-up will receive a fun-packed RNLI goody bag.

Helen Glossop, the RNLI’s Christmas Card Buyer says: ‘It’s a great chance for children to get creative and have fun making their festive designs over the summer holidays. It’s also an opportunity to think about the lifesaving work of the RNLI as well as the importance of helping a charity. We’re looking for vibrant and refreshing designs that will really stand out on mantlepieces in thousands of homes during Christmas 2014.’

The competition is open to children aged seven to 16 years old (by the closing date) living in the UK or Ireland and closes on Monday 30 September 2013. For full details and entry information visit the RNLIshop website rnlishop.org/create-christmas.html. To find out more about Storm Force membership visit rnli.org/stormforce.

 

Storm Force Group Membership
Teachers can sign up their class for Storm Force Group Membership to receive:
• a bumper activity booklet for each member containing puzzles, make and do, colouring in and lots more
• a copy of Storm Force magazine for every five members four times a year; packed with rescue stories, news, activities, comic strips, water safety advice, educational articles and competitions with cool prizes
• a membership card with unique membership number
• a shiny new badge for each member for every year of membership
• plus, Stormy Stan replies to each and every letter, drawing, photo or joke submitted and there are special gifts for those published in the magazine too.