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A PUPIL from Portlethen Primary School has been praised for her artistic talents after winning a competition to design a T-shirt for the Aker Solutions team who took part in the JDRF sponsored walk earlier this month. Lisa Hay (9), beat off stiff competition from other participants with her winning design.

Pupils from the local primary schools were challenged to design a T-shirt to be worn by the Aker Solutions team whilst taking part in the JDRF annual sponsored walk to help raise money to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Lisa’s winning design was worn by 12 of Aker Solutions well service staff who completed the 7k walk, at Hazelhead Park in Aberdeen, raising over £1,400 for JDRF and was part of the company’s ongoing support of the charity.

To date, the company has raised over £4,200 through various fundraising events including, a silent auction, a bake sale and a golf tournament at Carnoustie.

At a brief prize giving ceremony during the school’s afternoon assembly, Lisa was awarded a certificate, t-shirt and a voucher for £10 for her efforts. Aker Solutions has also donated £100 worth of hotel vouchers to Portlethen Primary School to be used for fundraising as a thank you for the schools participation.

Winning student, Lisa, is a keen artist and was eager to take on the challenge. The concept for her design incorporated the JDRF logo and represented the ongoing battle that people with type 1 diabetes face in day to day life.

Cath Ferrier, office manager of Aker Solutions’ UK well service business said: “I would like to thank all the children who entered the competition, there was a great variety of choice, making it a very difficult decision to make. Lisa is passionate about the charity and that showed in her design. We were impressed by the way she was able to capture the JDRF’s key messages and the importance of finding a cure for the condition in her entry.”