Winning Samaritans Christmas cards chosen

Winning designs by Abie Kandeh (left) and Olivia Bedall (right)
Winning designs by Abie Kandeh (left) and Olivia Bedall (right)

Abie Kandeh and Olivia Bedall are the joint winners of the 2016 College of Richard Collyer’s Christmas Card Design competition for Samaritans of Horsham and Crawley.

Abie Kandeh, who produced a cardcut design of a penguin family said she was ‘thrilled’ to be chosen as a winner. She said: “With my card, the comfort of friends and family made me think of how the penguins huddle for warmth. I hope the work of Samaritans can be seen in this protective and supportive manner with my little festive penguin family wishing you season’s greetings!”

Olivia Bedall also used a penguin theme and says: “I am glad to be able to help with such a worthwhile charity. I know Samaritans have been very helpful within our college community and it is good to be able to give something back.

“With my card I wanted to get across the idea that sometimes you can get tangled up in life but that there are points of light, like Samaritans, to help you through.”

The cards are available at Horsham Museum and at Collyer’s, Hurst Road, Horsham.

Olivia and Abie will be presented with their awards after Christmas by Julie Walters, patron of Samaritans of Horsham and Crawley.

Samaritans is a self-funded charity which offers a safe and non-judgemental haven for people to talk through their emotional distress and fears in complete confidence.

Their mission is to reduce the number of deaths by suicide. Anyone interested in volunteering with Samaritans as a listener should email: or call in to 21 Denne Road, Horsham RH12 1JE.

You can contact Samaritans by: Phone 116 123 free of charge from mobiles, phone boxes and most landlines from anywhere in the UK or locally on 01403 276276 (local charges apply); Text 07725 909090 and email

Contributed by the College of Richard Collyer

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