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Thai Children's Trust writing competition winners
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Schoolchildren across the country were invited to enter the Thai Children's Trust writing competition.  There was a tremendous response, and the winners are being announced today.  The Trust supports the neediest children across Thailand: the poor, the motherless, the hungry. Its mission is to give these very vulnerable children a home, an education and a childhood. Many of the children it supports are street kids, who have run away from difficult home lives or who have been abandoned in the city and left to fend for themselves. Schoolchildren were asked to write a piece of creative writing with the title 'Runaway'.

Award-winning children's and young adult author Tabitha Suzuma judged the competition.  She said: "It was a real honour to be invited to judge this very special writing competition. I was absolutely staggered by the quality of the stories submitted and would like to thank everyone who took the time and effort to participate.

"Choosing the winners was an exceptionally difficult task as every young writer who took part showed not just remarkable ability but also empathy, skill and a great deal of imagination.

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the stories and was deeply impressed and humbled by the talent that exists amongst young writers today. Huge congratulations to the runner-up and winner of each category.

"In particular, I think that the winner of 11-16 category, Erin Michie, is thoroughly deserving of the prize. Her story was really quite remarkable: beautifully written, moving and authentic, it will stay with me for a long time to come."

Winner of 7-11 category: Erin Michie, age 15, Beaverwood School for Girls, Chislehurst, Kent

Runner-up of the 7-11 category: Caitlin McLarty, age 15, Wallingford School, Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Winner of the 11-16 category: James O'Donnell, age 10, St Joseph's RC Primary School, Christchurch, Dorset

Runner-up of the 7-11 category: Teri Rogers, age 8, Egerton Primary, Knutsford, Cheshire

Thank you to all those who entered!

The winning entries will be published on ICN later today. Hard copies will be published in the Easter holiday edition of the Westminster Record.

For more information see:

* Within the Archdiocese of Westminster RC Schools will be collecting for Thai Children’s Trust as part of their Lenten appeal.  A qualified teacher at the Trust is inviting all schools to learn more about the Thai Children’s Trust by offering assemblies and lessons,  in order to raise student’s awareness of Global Citizenship issues.  If you would like to arrange an assembly or talk at your school then please do contact


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Tags: Beaverwood School for Girls, Caitlin McLarty, Christchurch, James O'Donnell, St Joseph's RC Primary School, Teri Rogers, Thai Childrens Trust. Erin Michie, Wallingford School

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