Daddy’s girl Grace takes the top spot

WINNER Grace with her dad Luke, mum Emma and her brother Philip Cromey. Inset, Grace Cromey's picture of her dad, complete with notes. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122036-1866)

WINNER Grace with her dad Luke, mum Emma and her brother Philip Cromey. Inset, Grace Cromey's picture of her dad, complete with notes. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122036-1866)

‘I just remember a white cloud and a huge, horrific noise’

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THERE’S no doubting how much Grace Cromey loves her daddy, Luke.

The eight-year-old entered our special Draw Your Dad competition in honour of Father’s Day tomorrow and her touching picture stole the hearts of our judges.

WINNER Grace Cromey's picture of her dad, complete with notes.

WINNER Grace Cromey's picture of her dad, complete with notes.

As well as drawing a colourful portrait of 38-year-old Luke, Grace put all her thoughts and feelings down on paper.

The caring youngster compiled a list of all the things that her dad does for her and the rest of the family – including looking after her mum, Emma Butt, while she’s been having treatment for cervical cancer.

Grace, who attends Sharps Copse Primary School in Havant, was thrilled to find out she’d won.

She said: ‘I love drawing and colouring.

‘I love my dad because he buys me sweets, he never gets to sit down, he makes my dinner, takes me bowling and gives me lots of cuddles.’

Luke, who lives with Emma, Grace and 14-year-old Philip in Havant, was thrilled to find out about his daughter’s picture.

He said: ‘I saw her when she was sat there drawing it but I didn’t know what it was for.

‘Emma’s going through chemotherapy so it’s been hard.

‘Grace is very happy and chatty and loves dressing up. She’s daddy’s little sweatheart.’

More than 40 children submitted drawings for this year’s competition but there could only be one winner.

Luke wins a pair of tickets to Goodwood’s Festival of Speed, plus VIP grandstand access.

And for the motor-racing fan it’s a dream come true because he’s mad about the McLaren Formula One team.

‘It’s going to be a day to remember,’ he said.

‘Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are my heroes but even just to see the McLaren car there would be my dream.

‘I’ve never been before so to have two tickets is amazing.

‘It’s made my day.’

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