Thousands of families throughout Scotland and beyond have a Christmas card hanging in their homes this festive season which was designed by a brave seven-year-old East Kilbride schoolboy.
Sam Hanna, from Calderwood, who has undergone 23 operations in his short life as a result of being born with a complex bladder condition, won the annual Christmas card competition held by Yorkhill Children’s Hospital.
The primary three Hunter Primary School pupil saw the competition on one of his frequent visits to the hospital and entered a terrific design depicting a penguin.
His design was the unanimous winner and, as a result, was used by the hospital on their charity card of which more than 1000 packs were sold in the run up to Christmas.
Kirsten Sinclair, Yorkhill’s fundraising manager, told the News: “Sam is an incredibly brave and inspirational little boy who has had to overcome huge challenges in recent years. We were very proud to use his drawing on our Christmas card.
“Sam’s design was super and was chosen as the unanimous winner from a wide range of drawings submitted by other Yorkhill patients during their stay.
“Over 1000 packs of ‘Sam’s Christmas Penguin’ were ordered and these sold out fast throughout Scotland, with all profits going direct to Yorkhill Children’s Foundation, the charity that supports the entire hospital.”
Not content with raising funds through his Christmas card design, Sam, with the help of his mum, Gillian, also organised a charity night in October to raise cash for Yorkhill.
It took place in the Royal British Legion Social Club in the Village and raised a fantastic £1870 for Yorkhill through ticket sales, raffles and much more.
Helping provide the entertainment on the night were Clyde 1 breakfast show presenter George Bowie and April Logan, the health and fitness columnist from the News’ sister paper, the Sunday Mail, who took participants on the night through a zumba session.
Sam’s mum, Gillian, told the News Sam had e-mailed George and April and invited them along.
He had also been involved – very successfully – in e-mailing lots of businesses to ask for raffle and other prizes, and, on behalf of herself and her son, she expressed thanks to all the companies who had given them support and to all the people who had gone along or supported their fundraising event.
Sam enjoyed his Christmas, however, the brave youngster faces yet another operation at Yorkhill in January.