11:02AM, Thursday 29 November 2012
Home Secretary Theresa May smiled as she selected her Christmas card from hundreds of entries on Friday.
The Maidenhead MP spent more than half-an-hour picking through hundreds of entries for this year's competition before plumping for Rucha Potdukhe's image of a smiling snowman.
She said Rucha's card captured the fun of Christmas.
She and Stephen Harron, general manager of the Holiday Inn in Maidenhead, which sponsored the competition, chose the winning entry at the Advertiser offices.
The Courthouse Junior School pupil's design will now be printed and sent to hundreds of Mrs May's family and friends, including the Prime Minister David Cameron.
The runners-up are Frankie Wilding, eight, from 8th Maidenhead Brownies; Olivia Chan, seven, from Courthouse Junior School; Ethan Hunt, 10, from St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School and Paloma Perez-Pena Gonzalez, 12, from Claires Court School.
Their designs will be printed on the back of the card.
"I'd like to thank everyone for their entries," said Mrs May.
"A lot of thought and effort has clearly gone into them, and many of them made us smile.
"The winning card jumped out at me as it captured the fun of Christmas."
Mr Harron added: "It's been fantastic.
"The range and variety of entries, and the effort children have put in this year has been great."
Rucha, seven, will win a family trip to a theme park of her choice in the UK and accommodation and breakfast, paid for by the Holiday Inn.
This year's competition for children aged under 13 had the theme 'my best Christmas'.
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