On the NHS’ 72nd birthday, The PFA Charity is proud to announce the winners of our Art 4 NHS competition, with renowned artist Darren Baker, in support of NHS Charities together and The Princes’ Trust.
In June, we encouraged budding artists to get creative and submit artwork on the theme of the NHS and community spirit. Competition entrants were in for a chance to win match day tickets, football shirts and donations from the PFA Charity on their behalf to NHS Charities Together and The Princes’ Trust.
The judging panel of Darren Baker, Manchester United’s Juan Mata, and eminent artists Ian Berry and Lauren Baker, chose winners from a host of creative submissions across four age categories:
- 5-8 years old
- 9-12 years old
- 13-17 years old
- 18 years +
First-place winners in each category won a £3,000 donation from the PFA Charity to NHS Charities Together, with second place securing donations of £1,500. Third place winners each raised £1,250 from the PFA Charity to The Princes’ Trust. All winners will also receive two match day tickets and a football shirt of their choice.
Today, the winners in each category have been announced:
5-8 years old
Holly Hutt took first place with her wonderful anime depiction of mask-wearing girls in front of an NHS rainbow. Nathan Tessema won second place with his bright prints and written tributes to NHS staff, and Mansoor Khan came in third with his vivid use of rainbow colours.
9-12 years old
Leah Patel won with her bold anime-style image with the words ‘Believe in yourself, you can do this’. Isabella Hoskins wowed the judges in second place with a painting of a superhero doctor. A dynamic line-drawn superhero scene on a rainbow coloured background from Vivek Nar won third place.
13-17 years old
All the entrants in the teen category were impressive, but James Moore came out on top with his excellent use of colour and shading, showing NHS staff heroically on the frontline. In second place, Hazel Garbutt stunned the judges with her detailed depiction of a doctor wearing a mask. Kaaviya Vidhya rounded off the category, choosing a hero theme, with a powerful doctor/superman piece.
18 years +
Winner of the 18+ category, Ann Green captures the daily realities of the lockdown, with a simple note that celebrates a community spirit. Phillip Westcott’s colourful NHS illustration follows in second place. In third place, a stunning portrait of Captain Tom, the 100-year-old veteran who raised £32 million for NHS Charities Together, by Phillip Watts.
PFA Charity trustee, Gordon Taylor, says, “These pictures show just how treasured the NHS is as a national institution. The PFA Charity has been awed by the work of NHS staff and wanted this competition to reflect the gratitude we all extend to them. We are also incredibly proud of how players have used their platforms and influence to support the NHS and local communities get through the pandemic.”
Manchester United’s Juan Mata agreed, “The passion these artists have put into their work shows just how much our communities value the NHS. The incredible NHS staff and keyworkers have put themselves on the frontline to help save lives and keep the country moving, and I’m glad we have been able to show them our support in a small way through this competition.”
Spanish international and Manchester United midfielder, Juan Mata was a judge on the panel...
Darren Baker echoed the sentiments, saying, “It’s been great to see all the marvellous entries, and I’m sure it will give all the entrants confidence, plus a great boost to the charities benefitting. I’ve been honoured to judge this competition, and I am proud to show my support for the amazing NHS.”
As we celebrate the NHS’ 72nd birthday, the PFA Charity would like to congratulate all the winners and thank them for using their talents to express their gratitude to the NHS. We would also like to take this opportunity to express our admiration for all the frontline health workers, technicians and support staff who look after our communities. We hope these donations demonstrate our appreciation.