Father’s Day gift from the heart

Kieran Kirby's winning entry.

Kieran Kirby's winning entry.

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A SCHOOLBOY left competition judges speechless with his heartfelt words during a Father’s Day event.

The Co-operative Funeralcare at Strathmore House in Stockton Road, Hartlepool, held a writing competition in conjunction with the town’s Jesmond Road Primary School.

Robin Hardy with competition winner Cieran Kirby

Robin Hardy with competition winner Cieran Kirby

The full school took part and pupils had to complete the sentence: “My dad should win this prize because...”, or draw a picture of their father and say why they deserved to win or write a poem.

The competition was open for the youngsters to write about male role models in their lives, including grandfathers and uncles.

The winner was Year 4 pupil Cieran Kirby, who simply wrote: “My dad deserves to win because he loves me.”

Robin Hardy, manager of The Co-operative Funeralcare at Strathmore House said: “I’m a sentimentalist and Cieran’s message was plain and simple. It was excellent, it stood out to me.”

Cieran was rewarded with a present to give to his dad, Iain Kirby, on Father’s Day tomorrow.

The school’s social inclusion assistant Cathryn Huskisson, who judged the event with Mr Hardy, said: “All of the entries were good, but this message was nice and simple and straight to the point.

“I know Cieran and it will have come straight from the heart.”

Mrs Huskisson thanked Mr Hardy and The Co-operative Funeralcare for choosing their school to take part.

The funeral service held a similar competition for Mother’s Day with Throston Grange Primary School as part of its ongoing community activities.