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Winners revealed for Christmas Card and 2023 Calendar competition

Updated: Dec 13, 2022

Now in its ninth year, judges of our annual artwork competition were overwhelmed with the number of entries received from brain injury groups across Scotland – and the impressive standard of artwork submitted.

Charities from across Scotland flocked to the DoubleTree by Hilton in Glasgow on Tuesday the 6th of December where individuals received prizes for entries that made it into the final calendar.

The Awards Ceremony

Chris Stewart, Head of Digby Brown’s Serious Injury Department, hosted the event and praised the efforts of entrants, commenting on why each piece of artwork was chosen as a winner.

Chris Stewart said:

“Every year we are proud to work alongside charities, support groups and individuals to give brain injury survivors a creative outlet to express themselves.
“Art plays an important role in therapies for people who have had a brain injury, and this calendar illustrates that brain injury survivors can retain many skills and talents.
“This competition gives them the chance to have their art recognised.”

Colin Robertson from Headway Dundee & Angus spoke about how much the annual competition means to the group:

“It means the world to the group. It’s something to look forward to every year. Not just for winning a prize but also for the fact that it’s part of their therapy.
“It’s a big thing in someone’s recovery from brain injury.”

Christmas Card Winner 2022

One artist wins the chance to see their artwork used for the annual Digby Brown Christmas Card which the firm sends festive wishes to external partners and stakeholders.

Vivien Paton, ABI Café - Ceartas

2023 Calendar

The other 13 winners will see their artwork displayed in the 2023 Calendar which is shared with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) support groups across the country.

Each winning artist receives a £20 M&S voucher, a certificate and multiple copies of the card and calendar to share with family and friends, while the charity they represent also receives a cheque for £200. Groups who submitted artwork but sadly didn’t win, also received £100 each.

Flora Bannerman, CSR Manager at Digby Brown, said:

“We were blown away with the incredible standard of entries this year – we received over 100 submissions!
“Thank you to everyone who submitted artwork, congratulations to the winners and I hope everyone has the very best time over the festive period.”

Find full details of the winning entries below:

Front cover – Steven Walker, Headway Glasgow

January – Patricia Whyatt, BIEN Group

February – Laurence Coll, Quarriers – The Sunshine Club

March – Issy Robertson, Headway Dundee & Angus

April – Brandon Gunn, Headway Highland

May – Bill Cowan, Headway Ayrshire

June – Jayne Kelly, Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation

July – Gillian Maryniak, Headway East Lothian

August – Brian Duncan, BIG Group

September – Shona Burnett, Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation

October – Sharon Marcelis, Headway Glasgow

November – Julia Welsh, Headway Perth & Kinross

December – Grace Porter, Headway East Lothian



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