Bedfordshire Police praises Leighton-Linslade children whose cards helped vulnerable and lonely

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Bedfordshire Police has praised the winner and entrants of its children’s Christmas card competition, with over 260 cards being drawn by Leighton-Linslade youngsters.

Pulford Lower School pupil Arthur Hadden, seven, was the overall winner, as his creative card was chosen by Mencap residents.

The cards were distributed to elderly and vulnerable residents in the area to provide some cheer after what was a very difficult year for many.

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Speaking at Christmastime, PCSO Rachel Carne, said: “The [police] chief now has Arthur’s winning card on his desk! Five complete care homes residents all had cards in the end, while other cards went to separate individuals.

Arthur and PCSO CarneArthur and PCSO Carne
Arthur and PCSO Carne

“Carrington House put most of their cards up on the noticeboard, as some of the residents who suffer from dementia may have got confused if they had them in their rooms, so they can enjoy them in the building when they pass by instead.”

The Leighton Linslade Helpers supported Bedfordshire Police with collecting and distributing chocolates for prizes, which were donated by Tesco, Morrisons, Superdrug and Wilko.

Rachel added: “I’ll let you know what I get up to in the New Year, I’ve got a few things in the pipeline to support the children who have been suffering in lockdown.”