Pupil’s picture perfect efforts win art contest

MPMC Lyla Cheetham - winner of drawing competition
MPMC Lyla Cheetham - winner of drawing competition

Budding artist Lyla Cheetham of Olney won an art competition aimed at raising awareness of eye health thanks to her vivid interpretations of stingrays and seahorses.

The talented five-year-old impressed judges with her picture of an aquarium in a competition organised by Davis Optometrists, based in Olney High Street.

The Olney Infant Academy pupil was recapturing a family visit to Brighton in the school’s colouring competition, organiswed to raise awareness of eye health and the importance of regular eye examinations for children.

Lyla, who received a £15 book voucher and a colouring pack as well as £100 worth of book vouchers for her school, said: “I was over the moon and proud when they told me in front of the class. I did a picture of the fish and seahorses and stingrays we saw when we went to the aquarium.”

Mum Poppy said: “Lyla’s dad wears glasses so we know how important it is to have your eyes tested. Lyla goes with her dad.”

Kim Durden, a partner optometrist at Davis Optometrists, said: “A recent NHS report revealed the number of children (under 16) who have had an eye examination in the past 12 months was at a 10-year low, with just 19 per cent having had an eye examination in 2012/13.

“Poor eyesight can have a significant effect on a child’s ability to learn and on their behaviour yet it often goes unrecognised.

“The sooner that vision problems are detected the better the outcome.”

The competition was open to primary school children in Olney. Lottie Barwick won a colouring pack after being picked as the winner from Emberton School, but lost out narrowly to Lyla as the town’s overall winner. Entries were showcased in the Olney branch of Davis Optometrists.