Arty youngster wins hospital picture contest

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An arty seven-year-old has been chosen as the winner of a national art competition by a top comedian.

Chloe Jones, of Broughton, has been named as the winner of a National Play in Hospital Week Art Competition, judged by TV comedian Harry Hill.

Her picture, inspired after a visit to Kettering General Hospital, will be used to help publicise National Play in Hospital Week which runs from October 8-14, and aims to raise awareness of the benefits of play in the treatment of sick children across the UK.

Chloe’s mum Pauline said: “Chloe really enjoys drawing but she couldn’t believe it when she won the national competition against all those other entries.

She said: “Then when she got the box of toys as her prize she thought it was Christmas. Her dad Derek and I are both very proud of her for her achievement.”

Chloe, who visited Kettering General Hospital investigating a stomach disorder, was encouraged by staff to draw and she entered the competition whilst waiting as a day patient.

Winners were picked out by Harry Hill from each of the seven allocated regions of the country before the overall national winner, Chloe, was announced at the end.

He judged her picture of a smiling teddy bear next to a bottle of medicine as the best of all the other contestants.

After picking Chloe, he said: “It was a great honour to be asked to judge the National Play in Hospital Week Art Competition with Starlight and NAHPS.”

“Although they were all very different, each entry clearly showed that, whether it’s cuddling a teddy, blowing bubbles, or simply having a giggle, play really helps poorly children to cope with their pain and anxiety when in hospital.”