St Erme Pupils All Smiles On the Rink After Winning Santa’s Letter Writing Competition

6th January 2015

St Erme Pupils All Smiles On the Rink After Winning Santa’s Letter Writing Competition  

A whole class from St Erme with Trispen Primary School were thrilled to claim their prize of a fun-filled skate session at the Esplanade Hotel’s Winter Wonderland in Newquay. 10 year old Morgan Tiddy from the school won the first Santa letter writing competition organised by the Esplanade Hotel in honour of Children’s Hospice South West.  Morgan’s letter stood out from hundreds of other entries because it was beautifully thoughtful and utterly selfless.

The Santa letter writing competition challenged primary school pupils across Cornwall to write a creative, visually attractive letter to Santa highlighting what they wish for most this year. It encouraged children to think of others this Christmas with the winning prize being a free skate session for the winning pupil’s whole class. Teachers and family members were also encouraged to donate either 50p or unwanted toys to the Children’s Hospice South West.

Over 400 students from five primary schools across Cornwall entered the competition in total and there were some truly heart-warming entries, but the letter written by Morgan really caught the eye of the judges. Morgan wrote: ‘As much as I would like a really good Christmas present, I think that a child less fortunate than myself deserves one more than me.’  

Sophie Kelly from The Esplanade Hotel said, “To have so many schools involved in the first  year of holding this competition is a massive achievement and the entries were all so lovely. It was really tough to choose a winner but the way in which Morgan so eloquently articulated his appreciation of how lucky he is in comparison to lots of other children his age was really touching and represented everything that the competition stands for. Well done Morgan!”

As their prize, the Year 5 and 6 Class from St Erme with Trispen School were invited for a morning’s skating treat at the WinterWonderland where they had festive fun skating together. Take a look at these fantastic photographs of their special day.