He’s a card sharp!

05 Jan He’s a card sharp!

A CHRISTMAS card designed by a disabled three-year-old and his mum has been produced in support of a North East charity.

Jayden Ellens, who was born with a genetic condition affecting his hands and fingers, came up with the colourful Christmas tree creation for The Chronicle Sunshine Fund.

Jayden Ellens ready for Christmas jumper day

For the second year running, cards were printed by local energy services company KNW and sent to clients, staff, the charity and Jayden’s family.

Each card featured information about the fund and the families it helps through providing expensive specialised equipment.

In October 2013, Jayden, who lives in Washington, received a £330 iPad from the charity to help him communicate and learn new skills.

Mum Kathryn said: “We were invited by the Sunshine Fund to have a go at creating a Christmas card, and because Jayden’s disability affects his hands we thought it would be most effective if we used hand paints.

“He needed my help but really enjoyed himself. It was really exciting to see the finished product and we sent them to all our family and friends.

“We have had a lovely Christmas – much better than last year when Jayden was having all his operations.”

Julieanne Kelly, office manager at the Sunshine Fund, added: “Thank you to KNW for creating a Sunshine Fund Christmas card for the second year running. We hope their clients love the card as much as we do.

Christmas card designed by Jayden Ellens and his mum Kathryn

“KNW have been great supporters for many years, having taken tables at our events, taken part in our Sunshine Run and more recently supported our Christmas Jumper Day, raising lots of money.

“We also need to say a huge thank you to Jayden and his mum. We think he has done a brill

Marsha Graham is operations director at KNW. She said: “We have really enjoyed producing the Sunshine Fund cards the past two years as just one of the many ways we support this fantastic charity.iant job of the Christmas tree by using his hand – very creative!”

“We feel it adds something very personal to sending cards and provides a talking point.”

The charity, which is granting wishes for children with disabilities throughout December, aims to raise £40,000 this month. To donate, call 0191 201 6090.

KNW produced a Sunshine Fund Christmas Card for their customers in 2014

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