Boy's snowman drawing chosen as Christmas cover for Big Issue magazine

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A drawing of a snowman by a six-year-old boy has won this year's competition for the Christmas front cover of the Big Issue magazine.

Over 1,000 entries were made this year for the annual contest run by the magazine, which is sold to help homeless people.

Competition entries for the Christmas front cover
Competition entries for the Christmas front cover (The Big Issue/PA)

Martin Wellstead, aged six, from Wimborne, Dorset, was named the winner for his drawing of a smiling snowman underneath the word "Joy!".

He said: "I looked at last year's winner and the winner from the year before, before deciding what to draw and I thought that you guys needed a snowman so that is what I wanted to give you this year. It took me about three hours to draw my cover."

Big Issue editor Paul McNamee said: "It lifts your spirits and makes you smile, simply and honestly. That feels very timely right now."

The magazine is on sale from Monday.