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Winning poster ticked every box

Gavin Watts, Assistant Chief Fire Officer West Sussex and Haywards Heath Crew Manager Chris Bowles present Louie Harris from Harlands School with the football kit she won for the school. Pic Steve Robards

Gavin Watts, Assistant Chief Fire Officer West Sussex and Haywards Heath Crew Manager Chris Bowles present Louie Harris from Harlands School with the football kit she won for the school. Pic Steve Robards

One lucky eight-year-old from Haywards Heath beat hundreds of other schoolchildren to win a new football kit for her school team.

Louie Harris, from Harlands Primary School in Haywards Heath, designed a ‘stop, drop and roll’ poster as part of the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s Christmas safety poster competition.

More than 450 children from across West Sussex entered the competition but Louie’s poster came out on top.

Chris Bowles, crew manager at Haywards Heath fire station, said: “It was difficult to choose a winner but Louie’s poster ticked every box.

“It was well designed and had a very clear fire safety message that people could easily follow.”

The competition was sponsored by De Vere venues, East Sussex National and Crawley Town FC and invited pupils aged between seven and 11 to design a poster raising awareness of the importance of fire and road safety over the festive period.

The crew from Haywards Heath fire station broke the news to Louie before Christmas and presented her with a winner’s certificate and a framed football shirt.

The team kit was presented to the school by Gavin Watts, assistant chief fire officer for West Sussex, in a special assembly on Monday January 13.

Harlands Primary School teacher, Dave Simmonds, said: “We’re delighted that Louie has won the competition.

“The pupils really embraced the competition. As a school we are keen to embed fire and road safety as early as possible and designing a poster was a fun and interactive way to do that.

“We’re confident those safety messages will be taken back home to their parents and guardians.”

Chris added: “We hope that running this competition has helped to raise awareness of the importance of fire and road safety over the festive season in homes all around the county.

“It was fantastic to see so many schools taking part and the standard of entries was certainly very high.”

 

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