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2023 competition winner – Reindeer in the snow by Katie Ryan-Palmer

We’re delighted to announce our 2023 Christmas card design competition winner!

Katie holding her Christmas Card painting

Congratulations to Katie Ryan-Palmer, our 2023 Christmas Card Competition winner! Katie’s beautiful design ‘Reindeer in the snow is available to buy as part of our 2023 Christmas card range.

Hand painted illustration of two reindeer in a snowy landscape

At just 20 years old and getting ready to go into her 2nd year of university, Katie had a stroke. She was taken to her local hospital and referred to a specialised hospital where she spent sixteen days in an induced coma.

The stroke itself was an awful and traumatic experience but she is so grateful to her consultant neuroradiologists, Dr Puthuran and Dr Chandran (and their team) for their dedication to help her recover and live the highest quality life possible.

I am so thankful for everything I can do now which I wasn’t able to do before. Drawing and painting as well as cooking have been an amazing source of healing and therapy throughout my recovery.

Katie, stroke survivor

For Katie’s winning entry she chose to paint a watercolour design of two reindeer historically associated with Santa and Christmas so they seemed to be the perfect choice.

Art and being creative really aided my recovery after my stroke as well as of course my family who were so important to my healing.

Katie, stroke survivor

You can buy Katie’s design from 8 August when our shop opens – visit our Christmas shop.

Our 2024 competition is now open

If you, or a stroke survivor you know, has a passion for painting, sketching, drawing or any other form of art, we would love to hear from you. Find out how you can enter for Christmas 2024.