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Avant Homes champions West Rainton Primary School public art competition and provides £1,500 donation


15 Mar 2024

Avant Homes North East has hosted an art competition with children at West Rainton Primary School where the three winning entries will be publicly displayed at its development within the village.

The Sunderland-based housebuilder will feature the children’s artworks at its 65-home Allenson View development which is located on Benridge Bank.

The art competition, judged by Labour MP for City of Durham, Mary Kelly Foy, was divided into three age categories: four to six years, seven to eight years and nine to 11 years. The respective winners were Nina Hoggarth, Darcie Hoggarth, who are sisters, and Tiana Graham.

Each winner in the respective age groups was awarded a £50 Smyths voucher. The overall winner, Nina Hoggarth, was awarded an additional £100 Smyths voucher.

As part of Avant Homes’ ongoing commitment to support and enhance the communities in which it builds, the housebuilder also made a donation of £1,500 to the primary school. This donation aims to enhance educational opportunities and foster continued growth for all pupils.

Commenting on the competition, Mary Kelly Foy MP, said: “I was delighted to be asked by Avant Homes to judge the West Rainton Primary School art competition. It’s clear that there are some exceptionally talented artists at the school.

“Choosing a winner from such an array of submissions was incredibly tough, but it was worth it to be able to visit the school and present the prizes to the well-deserved winners. I can’t wait to see the final artwork installed!”

Avant Homes North East is part of the Avant Homes Group which operates across Scotland, the north of England and Midlands from eight regional businesses.

West Rainton Primary School head teacher, Alison McDonough, commented: “The children were thrilled to be asked to design artwork for the new Avant development in West Rainton.

“The village has many features that make it a great place to live. It was wonderful to see the children incorporate buildings like the church and school, as well as the surrounding natural beauty of the hills, fields and nature reserve, in their artworks.

“The diverse range of the children's designs demonstrates the abundance of what West Rainton has to offer.

“The three winners were over the moon with their gift cards, and we can't wait to see the winning design made into a permanent feature to welcome new residents to our community.”

Frank Teggarty, Avant Homes North East’s technical director designate, who attended the prize giving event with head of customer care, Stacey Archment, said: “It’s great to see such talent emerging from the young artists at West Rainton Primary School.

“By displaying Nina, Darcie and Tiana’s artwork at our Allenson View development, we aim to create a vibrant and inspiring environment that celebrates creativity.

“We hope our donation to West Rainton Primary School will help support the school’s ongoing educational endeavours, ensuring every student receives the resources they need to thrive.”

The £18.6m Allenson View development features a range of the housebuilder’s practically designed, energy-efficient three-, four-, and five-bedroom family homes.

Prices start from £189,995 for a three-bedroom semi-detached Emstone house type to £432,995 for a four-bedroom Whinwick detached property.

For further information on the development search ‘Avant Homes Allenson View’.

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