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Competition win is a boost for charity

A £1,000 donation has been awarded to Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital after a Portsmouth teenager won a Christmas card competition.


Southern Co-op was overwhelmed by the number of entries to its competition to design a corporate Christmas card which will be sent to colleagues and partners.


But after a few long discussions colleagues agreed that Nicole Pook’s design was the winner.


The teenager has been awarded a hamper of Christmas goodies, copies of her Christmas card and the £1,000 donation in her name made to the wildlife hospital.


Ann Pook, Nicole’s mum, said: “I am so proud of her. She entered it because she loves art and wanted to win the money for the animals at Brent Lodge.


“When she leaves school she would like to work with animals.”


Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital in Sidlesham is the current charity partner of Southern Co-op’s funeral home in Chichester.


Asha Park, from Brent Lodge, said: “We were totally thrilled to have one of our volunteers be selected as the winner of Southern Co-op’s Christmas card competition.


“With nearly 200 hedgehogs in our care, plus other sick or injured wildlife, the funds will make a huge difference to our organisation, and I know that Nicole is very happy about it and glad the money will help the animals at Brent Lodge.


“Nicole volunteers with us every Saturday for about four hours with her friend and they have been coming for about three months. She really enjoys looking after the hedgehogs, pigeons and other animals in need.


“They are both extremely passionate about caring for wildlife and are a great help to the rest of the team.”

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