In November, Walking With The Wounded joined forces with best-selling author Andy McNab to hold our very first WWTW Story-Writing Challenge. Students aged 11-15 were asked to complete a story started by Andy McNab, using no more than 1000 words, with a winner being chosen by Andy to receive a visit to their school, signed copies of his books and WWTW goodies! Three runners up would also receive signed books and WWTW goodies.
It’s safe to say that when we launched this competition we had no idea of the incredible amount of talented young writers there are out there. Reading through each entry it was clear that choosing a winner was not going to be an easy decision, and we were so proud to see such imagination, creativity and skill on show. Despite the difficulty, Andy McNab has managed to choose a winner and not three, but FOUR runners up! (We told you it was a hard decision!) Without further ado, the winner of The Walking With The Wounded Story Writing Challenge 2013 is: Grace Elliot-Smith from Plymstock School in Devon! Grace used suspense, humour and an intelligent use of time passing to tell her story where Andy McNab’s created character, Ryan, overcomes his obstacles to make the best of his disability and learn to enjoy his life, despite what he has lost. Well done Grace! You can read Grace’s winning entry by clicking here. The runners up for the competition are four students whose stories stuck out as being imaginative, well written and containing a really great, engaging story. Their names, in alphabetical order, are:
Amelia Eden Hamilton from Warminster School in Wiltshire
Rebecca Hawkins from The Frances Bardsley Academy in Essex
Oliver Hodges from Shrewsbury School in Shropshire
Grace Willett from St. Edmunds Catholic School in Hampshire
Congratulations to you all! Even though this competition has finished, there is plenty of opportunity for schools to get involved with fundraising for Walking With The Wounded. In May we are very excited to be holding a Three Legged Race, where students from around the country will have fun and fundraise for Walking With The Wounded, in what will hopefully be a Guinness World Record breaking event! We want as many schools to take part as possible to encourage a passion for fundraising and charity from a young age, in a race that promises to be exciting and inspiring. If you are interested in getting your school involved and to find more information, please visit the schools page here. Walking With The Wounded and Andy McNab would like to congratulate and thank everyone who entered the competition for sharing their creativity, and helping to support Walking With The Wounded.