A stamp designed by Raphael Valle Martin, aged 13, from Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys (Royal Mail/PA)
A stamp designed by Raphael Valle Martin, aged 13, from Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys (Royal Mail/PA)
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Royal Mail has announced the 24 regional winners of a competition for youngsters to design stamps based on heroes of the pandemic.

The competition was open to UK schoolchildren to mark the important role played by key and frontline workers, as well as others, during the Covid crisis.

Maddie Bonsey, aged 13, from Netherthorpe School, Chesterfield (Royal Mail/PA)

Anna Isaac, aged 10, from St Jude\u2019s Church of England Primary School, London (Royal Mail/PA)

Children aged 4 to 14 were asked to think about who their heroes were, and to produce a design for an official Royal Mail stamp in their honour.

More than 600,000 entries were submitted from 7,479 schools across the UK.

Ishan Bains, aged 6, from Abbey CofE Infant School, Nuneaton (Royal Mail/PA)

Connie Stuart, aged 14, from Litcham School, King\u2019s Lynn (Royal Mail/PA)

Baroness Floella Benjamin, one of the judges, said: “For many children living through Covid has been a worrying time, so it was great to give them the opportunity to be artistically creative and share their vision of what they have experienced and their hopes for the future. The results are inspirational.”

Hannah Ingram-Moore, daughter of Captain Sir Thomas Moore, who was also a judge, said her family had been touched by how many designs there were of her father.”

Molly Clarke, aged 12, from Great Sankey High School, Warrington (Royal Mail/PA)

Thomas Ferris, aged 7, from Hardy Memorial Primary School, Armagh (Royal Mail/PA)

The designs celebrated a range of heroes including NHS workers, parents, carers, refuse collectors, cleaning staff, teachers, supermarket workers, public transport staff, delivery drivers as well as postmen and postwomen.

The designs will progress to the next round, with a chance they will appear on a stamp next year.

The final selection of eight designs will be made by The Prince of Wales.

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