Pupils at a primary school in Sittingbourne have seen their creativity come to life after producing designs in a Christmas card competition organised by a local commercial vehicle dealership.

Sparshatt Truck and Van hosted the Christmas card competition for year four children at Sunny Bank Primary School as part of its commitment to giving back to the communities it operates within.

Children at the Sittingbourne school were asked to use their imagination to look into the future and design an electric Sparshatt truck of the future delivering presents for the festive season.

The most compelling design came from Erick, aged nine, who was announced as the winner recently, with April-Amelia, aged eight, the runner-up.

Erick and April-Amelia each received 25 copies of their festive designs to send out to friends and family, with a digital e-card also created for Sparshatt to send out to their customers and suppliers, while the whole class received some Christmas goodies as a thank you for taking part.

Sparshatt Truck and Van is a Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealership based in four locations across Kent. Providing both new and used trucks, as well as used vans, with a dedicated aftersales department providing vehicle servicing and parts, all by expertly-trained technicians across Sittingbourne, Dartford, Tonbridge and Ashford.

Jack Allen, headteacher at Sunny Bank Primary School, said: “The children were very excited and engaged with some fantastic ideas for designs, with the two winners incredibly happy to be given receive some Christmas gifts and see their designs used as a Christmas card.

“We are a community school and through our values of Responsibility, Optimism, Ambition and Resilience, we teach our children the importance of building strong community partnerships.”

“I would like to thank Sparshatt Truck and Van for helping to give our children that ambition and reward through partnership working and hope to work with them on other projects going forward.”

Sarah Collyer, Marketing Manager at Sparshatt Truck and Van, said: “It was fantastic to receive so many stunning designs and to see the children using their imagination.

“When we first looked through the drawings, we were stunned at the quality produced by children so young.

“Here at Sparshatt Truck and Van, we like to give back to the communities near to our depots, and it was great to see the enthusiasm among the pupils for trucks and electric vehicles of the future.”

Sparshatt has a long-standing presence in the Southeast for nearly 50 years. With eyes on the future, the dealership boasts a thriving apprenticeship scheme through its standalone Training Academy, which will take on 2024’s recruits in January after receiving over 240 applications.

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