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A 10-year-old pupil at Tillingbourne Junior School has won £1,000 for her school, an iPad mini and the accolade of seeing her artwork sent to thousands of homeowners throughout Surrey after her entry was picked as part of a Christmas card design competition launched by Seymours Independent Estate Agents in November.


Freya Treeby-Goodall, age 10 from Shamley Green, was among hundreds of hopeful entrants that designed and submitted their artwork before the competition deadline of Friday 28 November. Those aged 15 and under were asked to design their interpretation of how Seymours’ official Christmas card should look on A4 paper and hand it in to one of the estate agent’s 15 offices across Surrey.


On winning the competition Freya comments: “I couldn’t believe it when my mum told me I’d won. I spent a lot of time drawing it so I’m really pleased. My teachers are really pleased, too, and it means that I get to open a present before Christmas. I can’t wait to see the card once it has been made and I hope everyone likes it.”


The design, which sees Father Christmas buying a house from Seymours but not before asking if the property comes with a stable for his reindeers, was submitted at the estate agent’s Cranleigh office.


Ian Marlow, Director at Seymours, adds: “The entry was exceptional and demonstrated fantastic artistic skills and humour in equal measure. The whole campaign has been a resounding success and captured the imagination of hundreds of parents and children throughout the county. We really have been bowled over by the response and we want to thank everyone who entered for dedicating so much time to creating their own unique piece of art. However there can only be one winner and Freya’s entry was standout.”


Following the success of the 2014 competition Seymours has already committed to running it again in 2015, with the competition expected to launch early November.


Jo Oliver, Tillingbourne Junior School’s Head Teacher, concludes: “It’s not very often you receive a telephone call informing you that you’ve won £1,000, which is exactly what happened. Seymours’ competition has certainly made our Christmas and I’m sure the same applies to Freya, too, who has not only showcased her art skills but also her sharp wit, too. We’d like to thank both Freya and Seymours for the prize, which will be put to great use in the New Year.”



The winning Christmas card design has now been printed and each of Seymours’ offices will send it out in time for the festive season.