Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News




Moray MSP, Richard Lochhead MSP, has launched his Christmas Card Design Competition, which will raise money for Moray based charity Abbie’s Sparkle Foundation.

The competition is open to all school aged children and the winning design will be used for the Moray Parliamentarian’s official Christmas cards.

The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Christmas Sparkle’ in honour of the chosen charity.

The competition has already attracted sponsorship from several Moray businesses. Each year the MSP uses the card to highlight the work of a charity working in Moray. Last year sponsorship raised £1,018.63 for Alzheimer Scotland Moray.

Abbie’s Sparkle is a Scottish Children’s Charity providing support for children with Cancer across the UK. It was set up by Abbie Main from Elgin who passed away on Christmas Day 2017, aged 15, after living with Sarcoma, a rare form of Cancer, for four years and four months. One of Abbie’s wishes was to raise money for “Hospitals and stuff” under the charity name Abbie’s Sparkle Foundation.

Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“I am really looking forward to seeing the entries for my 2018 Christmas Card competition. In past years we have had many fantastic designs from some very talented young people in Moray and I know I can expect the same again!

“Each year I nominate a charity working in Moray, which we highlight in the card. It was great to be able to donate over a thousand pounds last year to Alzheimer Scotland Moray and I am sure I will be able to make another substantial donation to charity this year with the very generous sponsorship from Moray businesses.

“This year’s highlighted charity is Abbie’s Sparkle Foundation which has already made a huge impression.  It’s a charity doing fantastic work and a tremendous legacy for Abbie.”

Tammy Main, Abbie’s mother, said:

“I am delighted that Richard has chosen Abbie’s Sparkle as his chosen charity this year.  Christmas was Abbie’s favourite time of year and 2018 will be the first anniversary of losing her.

“Abbie wanted to raise money to help other people and chose the ‘sparkle’ name herself so it’s great that school children across Moray will be designing cards with a sparkle theme. 

“It’s amazing to know that Abbie is the inspiration behind this card and I can’t wait to see the final version.”

Christmas card competition entries should be sent to Moray Constituency Office, 80 South Street, Elgin, IV30 1JG and should arrive no later than Friday 23rd November.

Anyone looking for information on sponsorship of the Christmas Card Competition should also contact the Parliamentary Office on 01343 545077 or e-mail richard.lochhead.msp@parliament.scot.