Raasay pupil scoops gondola prize after winning Kate Forbes MSP’s Christmas card competition

A primary school pupil from the Isle of Raasay has won Kate Forbes MSP’s constituency Christmas card competition – and had her winning design printed on a mountain gondola.

Tabitha Carslaw, who is in primary seven, beat off competition from hundreds of other children from across the Highlands and her entry proudly also features on the front cover of Ms Forbes’ annual Christmas card. 

This year’s prize was kindly donated by Nevis Range, and thousands of tourists will see Tabitha’s design of a Highland cow on a snowboard on one of the mountain gondolas at Aonach Mor near Ben Nevis.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “I was delighted to congratulate Tabby Carslaw on winning my Christmas card competition. Tabby’s card looked brilliant on the side of a gondola, and I was really excited to visit Nevis Range with her to see the finished product.

“Whilst the Christmas card competition is a bit of fun, there is a serious element to it as well. I want children to grow up knowing their local elected representatives and understanding that they have a role to play in local democracy.”

Tabitha commented:  “I was so pleased to win the competition and I loved seeing my design on the gondola. It looked amazing.”

Raasay Primary School head teacher Wilma Duncan added: “I am delighted that our primary 7 pupil Tabitha was picked as the winner.

“This is a huge achievement for her to be picked from over 300 entries and is a great achievement for our wee school with only eight pupils.

“I think the design looks fabulous on both the gondola and the card, the whole school and island are really proud of her.”

Chris O’Brien, CEO of the Nevis Range, said: “We’re looking forward to a huge season here at Nevis Range and Tabitha’s eye for design is certain to bring a smile to the face of thousands of skiers and tourists  this winter.

“Thanks to both Tabitha and Kate Forbes for coming along to Nevis Range for the unveiling.”

It is the third year in a row that Kate Forbes MSP has invited every primary school in her Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency to participate in the competition.

The runner-up entries are on display in her constituency office window on Dingwall’s High Street.

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