Phoenix House residents are sporting a new T-shirt - thanks to ten year old Lily Nicholson-Hume!
Lily was hailed the winner of a competition run by the Catterick Recovery Centre to create a design for T-shirts donated to the Centre by Lancashire fashion company VOI Jeans. Her design featured a golden phoenix, the symbol of Phoenix House, and the slogan ‘Never Give Up’. It was chosen from more than 50 entries by pupils at Le Cateau Primary School in Catterick.
Lily said she had planned her T-shirt design very carefully. She said: “I just thought that even if someone has been injured, either physically or mentally, they can still do everything they want to.”
During a special assembly at Le Cateau School, Lily was presented with a T-shirt printed with her logo, a Help for Heroes T-shirt, £40 in gift vouchers donated by the Art Shop Darlington, art supplies from Gilpin Smart Arts, Richmond, and a family pass to Bolton Castle. There were prizes too for five runners-up and a pass to Bolton Castle for every child who entered the competition.
All the designs were displayed at the 14th century castle in Wensleydale for two weeks, beginning on Armed Forces Day.
Tom Orde-Powlett, whose family owns Bolton Castle and who served seven years in the Army, said he was delighted to do anything to help the Armed Forces, Phoenix House and Help for Heroes. “It’s undoubtedly a fantastic cause and the more we can do for them the better,” added Tom (pictured above with Lily and some veterans). One of the judges was Mark Airey, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, who organises many of the Centre activities for which the T-shirts will be worn. He said: “Lily’s design caught the eye immediately. It just says what we do on the tin. Sport is so important for both the physical and psychological wellbeing of the blokes who use the Recovery Centre.”