Colleen and Michael, who are both supported by Vivo Care Choices at Canal Street in Chester, have been named joint winners of an art competition run by the People’s Choice Group.

A project for adults with learning disabilities and autism, the People’s Choice Group is run by See Communications CIC and funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

It supports people to speak up about things that matter to them in their local communities and helps them gain confidence and skills, linking into the Learning Disabilities Partnership Board meetings to give people a bigger voice on important issues.

The recent competition asked people to design a t-shirt and Colleen and Michael were joint winners. Their designs have now been made into physical t-shirts and are being sold to the public, helping raise money for charity.

Colleen used her favourite colour pink throughout her design, featuring flamingos, ice cream, flowers and butterflies as they’re all things she likes. Money raised from Colleen’s t-shirt will go to the Cinnamon Trust, which provides support for elderly and terminally ill people with pets.

She said: “I like the colour pink and drawing and my drawing has been named the best one.

“I like walking dogs for the Cinnamon Trust and want to help them.”

Michael’s design is blue and focuses on taking some time to yourself to enjoy a beer and a party now COVID-19 restrictions are starting to be lifted. Any money raised will go to the Limbless Association, which supports lives beyond limb loss.

Paula, who supports Colleen and Michael at Canal Street, added: “It’s amazing that both of their designs have been recognised as part of this competition.

“At Vivo, we always look to provide an opportunity for people to take part in things they enjoy and art is something both Colleen and Michael love.

“The fact their t-shirts will now help raise money for causes they care passionately about is an added bonus.”

You can order the t-shirts by emailing mark@bartexdesign.co.uk, stating the size and quantity you’d like.