Balham boy, 9, wows judges and scoops MP Sadiq Khan’s Christmas card competition award

A nine-year-old Balham boy has been crowned king of the Christmas cards after winning Sadiq Khan’s annual competition.

Dylan Braganza Fitzpatrick from Ravenstone Primary School in Balham won the Tooting MP’s annual Christmas Card Competition with his Santa design.

Mr Khan said: “My Christmas card competition is one of the highlights of my year and it is always a delight to see so many children take part.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who entered – you made the judges’ task very difficult!

“The designs which were shortlisted to appear on the card are all fantastic, and Dylan’s design on the front really stands out.”

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JUDGEMENT: Mr Khan with his panel of judges

His Christmas card will be sent out to more than 6,000 families, businesses, politicians and celebrities across the world.

Card design winner Dylan said that he was shocked to find out his design had won.

He said: “In assembly when Sadiq Khan announced the winner of his Christmas card competition 2014 I was astonished when he called out my name.

“Everyone was cheering and clapping, then Sadiq Khan shook my hand, it was amazing!”

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WINNER: Dylan Braganza Fitzpatrick with Tooting MP Sadiq Khan

Every year Mr Khan invites primary school children from all across his constituency to design pictures for the front of his Christmas card.

This year he received hundreds of admissions from children in Earlsfield, Tooting, Furzedown, Wandsworth Common and Balham.

The designs were judged by four representatives from within the local community; Reverend Steve Rouse, Balham Baptist Church, Chief Supt Richard Smith, from Wandsworth Police, Gill Perkins from the charity Wandsworth Oasis, and Furzedown councillor, Leonie Cooper.

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CHRISTMAS CARD: Dylan’s winning design

The MP announced the winner in assembly at Ravenstone Primary School and presented Dylan with a framed certificate, as well as a small gift and the invitation for a tour of the Houses of Parliament for his whole family.

As well as choosing the overall winner the judges selected five runners-up whose designs appear on the reverse of the card.

Each runner up receives a prize and every child that entered the competition will receive a certificate.

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