Christmas came early for one West Linton Primary School pupil this year when local MSP Christine Grahame announced the winner of her Christmas card competition.
Rebecca Moroney, who is in P7 at the school, received a certificate and invitation to Parliament from Ms Grahame at a special assembly on Monday.
Her winning design, which was on the theme of refugees, has now been made into Christine’s Christmas card which will be sent out throughout her constituency.
Ms Grahame also donated £250 of her own money to the Scottish Refugee Council and a representative was there to receive the cheque at the assembly on Monday.
The MSP said it had been difficult to select a winner due to the high number of entries: “The picture was required to have a Scottish flavour and a message to the refugees inside. Although everyone who entered will be receiving a certificate, Rebecca’s drawing of a grimacing Loch Ness Monster posing for a distant kilted cameraman with the words ‘finally’ had us all smiling in the office.
“I was delighted to give a personal cheque to the Scottish Refugee Council whose representative spoke to the children at the school about the work they are doing to help those families resettling here in Scotland.
“I’d like to thank all of those who sent in entries. There was a wonderful array of bright colours and it certainly cheered us up during this dismal weather!”