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Stories of Welcome – an enormous success

In an exciting turn of events, Leicester City of Sanctuary has won both first and third place in the national Stories of Sanctuary writing competition!

Our very own ambassador Anju went up to Parliament to collect the certificates, and can be seen here with Liz Kendall looking very pleased – and she’s got every right to look as happy as she does as she’s the author of the third placing story “Beyond Uncertainty: A Place to Bloom”.

If you’d like to read it, here’s the download link!

Anju’s story

We couldn’t be happier for Anju, who wrote from the heart about her love of the city of Leicester, and for Leicester City of Sanctuary, whom she has supported for some time as one of our valued ambassadors.

And then we have the winning story – first place was awarded to a tale entitled How the rural village of Billesdon became a place of welcome. This story was based on copy supplied by Judy Brittenden from Billesdon itself, with help from our very own Shali and a contribution from a news article written by Colleen at CoS.

Now, you might not be totally aware, but Leicester City of Sanctuary and the Village of Billesdon have developed something of a relationship over the years, and they invite us to visit them every year for a wonderful afternoon of activities – and I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that it’s pretty much always a wonderful time, everyone comes back smiling and can’t wait to go again the next year.

If you’d like to read the story by Judy (et al), the please click the link below!

Billesdon story

It even includes some more pictures of the things that they get up to on the visits, including country walks and checking out the fire department and the equipment they use to save lives!

So all in all, it’s been a pretty exciting time for us over here; we’re absolutely thrilled that the creative talents of all those involved have been recognised, and it really goes to demonstrate how valuable the work we do is; not just on the surface level where people have written stories about how happy they are, but also on the deeper level that our creative writing classes through to the organisation of competitions like this help peoples voices get heard on a national level.

Thanks to all involved, it’s very much appreciated!

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