Scotmid and CHAS have revealed a surprise twist by announcing there are two winners of their mascot competition.
The competition, which received over 2000 entries, asked children to create a new character to become the face of Scotmid’s charity partnership with Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, better known as CHAS.
Peyton Gallagher aged 11, a P7 pupil at Blairdardie Primary School in Glasgow, received the news that her ‘Cuthbert the Fox’ design was selected by a panel of judges for its colourful characterisation, simple lines and friendly face.
Sophie Cairney aged 11, a P7 pupil from Lairdsland Primary School in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, created the bright and colourful character of ‘Tildy the Toadstool’, who will stand as an 18” puppet pal to Cuthbert.
Lynne Ogg, Scotmid Communities Manager, explained, “We were overwhelmed by the response to our competition. During judging it seemed impossible to pick just one character, so the idea of the mascot having a mate was borne! Peyton and Sophie’s characters stood out to us as the perfect duo to represent friendship and our charity partnership with CHAS. We can’t wait to see Cuthbert and Tildy come to life!”
As well as seeing their winning designs brought to life as a full-size mascot and fluffy friend, Peyton and Sophie each received an A3 framed print of their character, £200 of fundraising vouchers for their school, and a goody bag full of exclusive mascot merchandise.
Peyton said: “I’m really excited that my design was chosen and I can’t wait so see Cuthbert turn into a real mascot! I chose a fox because they are cute and friendly and one of my favourite animals.”
Nicky Bridges, Associate Director of Outreach at CHAS, said: “We have loved seeing children across Scotland get their thinking caps on and get creative. Both Cuthbert and Tildy will bring a huge smile to those children’s faces who we provide essential care to, and we are extremely grateful to the huge efforts made by Scotmid and everyone who entered the competition to make this happen.”
Scotmid and CHAS surprised both Peyton and Sophie in school to tell them the good news and award them with their prizes.
Sophie said: “I can’t believe my drawing was one of the winners! I drew a toadstool because they are magical and a safe place in the forest for animals to shelter. I think Tildy will make a great sidekick for Cuthbert!”