I was thrilled to be asked to judge this competition, held at the Evelina Children's Hospital, next to St Thomas's in Lambeth. I found time to say a few words (positive of course) about each entrant and then announced the winners in the two age groups.
Firstly, the older group. This was a tough one, so I made two of them joint first. (I'm amused that the word Joint has been tagged by Healthunlocked!) This one is a bold 3D piece by Millie (aged 8). The photograph of the other one isn't clear enough to upload. I chose to read Millie's piece from the bottom step upwards, which suggests that the illness is now under control for her after a pretty tough climb. I am pleased to say that I was right to do that.
In the younger age group, the winner was Lauren (aged 5). The red pom pom on her knee really spoke to me as I stood there in pain. It was very red with glistening spikes. I loved the confidence of this painting and, having spoken with her mother, I was completely satisfied that it was all her own work. She said: "now I really know what Lauren's painful knee feels like".
The portrait of Dr Nick was a runner-up. I couldn't resist pointing to him in the audience (I happened to have heard him being introduced to someone earlier) and saying "That's you, isn't it! What a brilliant likeness!"
Clearly, Dr Nick is a very popular paediatric rheumatologist as he featured in the paintings of several children. I found that quite touching.
Thank you NRAS for inviting me to do this. Any time! Jo