Judging for Your simPal design a mascot competition

Posted on 16/02/17

The winning design for a competition to select a new mascot for an innovative cancer support service has been made– with the help of Discovery Park.

Your simPal keeps people living with cancer and their families connected, with donations used to bu sim cards providing free texts, calls and data for the applicant and handsets, when required.

Over the past month or so the Your simPal team have been asking their younger social media followers for ideas on the new mascot, and have been inundated with some very creative and poignant designs.

The company have also been visiting schools with some great entries from Sandwich Junior School and Haddon Dene School, Broadstairs.

Discovery Park Managing Director Paul Barber and Corporate Services Manager Kimberley Anderson were on hand today to go through all the entries together with another DP tenant, Custom Toys UK.

Judging for Your simPal design a mascot competition

It was a tough choice, but after much discussion the judges’ winner was a beautifully designed tortoise, drawn by Louise, a pupil at Sandwich Junior School. As the winner she will receive a smartphone and her own toy version of the simPal mascot, created by Custom Toys UK once it has been produced. All entries will also receive a certificate.

Winning entry for Your simPal design competition

In her entry, Louise gave the following as her reasons for selecting a tortoise as her inspiration.

“Tortoises symbolise a slow and steady pace showing patience, which is a similar process to cancer patients and in which they should show patience.

“Also the tortoise carries its home on its back as it moves from place to place. This is the same for patients as they could have to make hospital their home as they can be there for months at a time.

“In my design, I have used the shapes on a tortoise’s shell to connect lots of words together into the simPal logo. I hope you like my design.”

We certainly do.

Clare Elmore, marketing manager, Your simPal, said: “We were overwhelmed with the response from young people across the area to our Design A Mascot competition with some lovely and poignant entries.

“It was a really tough call for the judges, but in the end they felt that Louise was a worthy winner, not only because of the thought that had gone into this and the understanding of what we do and about cancer but also, the versatility of the design where we could incorporate it in so many different products in the future. “

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