COLEBROOK veterinary surgery has celebrated its 25th birthday with a charity fundraising art competition.
The idea was the brainchild of vet Pierre Snyman after the practice was hit by a string of medical problems affecting their usual charity bash, the Coniston Challenge.
“We always try and do something for the Guide Dogs for the Blind but this year one of the nurses was ill and I had a dodgy knee and so we decided to do this instead and the results have been fantastic.”
The Shirley surgery in Colebrook Road invited schools and local youngsters to paint ‘my favourite animal’ dividing them into two age categories 2-11 and 12-16 in exchange for a £2 entry fee, which was donated to Guide Dogs.
Prizes on offer were a digital camera for the young artist and an art table for their school.
To keep it absolutely fair, he also invited an acquaintance Marietjie van Tonder and Solihull News editor Ross Crawford to do the judging.
“What impressed me about the entries was that, even for the very young, they chose a huge assortments of animals and made fantastic use of colour,” said Pierre.
And after a torrid time narrowing down the entries Ellie Pugh aged 10 was named winner in the 2-11 category while Jessica Oseman, aged 12, triumphed in the 12-16 group.