A Kilmarnock schoolgirl's festive design has won a national charity Christmas card competition and sold out in two branches in the first week of being on sale.

Abbie Russell took part in homeless charity Shelter's national competition with her schoolmates last year but found out she had won while stuck in lockdown.

The Gargieston pupil came out on top with the best design with her creative use of colours and Christmas message.

Abbie's mum Lynsey-Anne said: "We're all super proud of Abbie and all of the family have bought a pack.

"They were sold out in Ayr and Prestwick so we had to go to Clarkston to find some.

Abbie with her design
Abbie with her design

"We found out she won while in lockdown, it couldn't have come at a better time. Abbie was struggling a bit during lockdown and was missing her friends and being at school so it was just the boost she needed.

"She's always been artistic and attends The Little Artschool in Dundonald every week."

Abbie with Manager Kerry Rankin, manager of Shelter's Prestwick brank

Aspiring artist Abbie, added: "I was so excited when I found out I won and really surprised.

"I felt really proud of myself and when I grow up I want to work for Disney and be a cartoonist.

"I go to art class every week and it's really fun. I put all of my favourite Christmas things on the card; in the middle is a sparkling silver snowflake, and around the card is things like candy canes, gingerbreadiy men and it says 'home for Christmas'.

Deputy head teach Shona Lawson said: "We opened the comp to children to give them opp

"We were just delighted to hear the news they had chosen Abbie's entry. We're all super proud of her."

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