Pupils get the message across with poster art
CREETOWN PRIMARY Creative Creetown Primary pupils were among the winners in a poster design competition to promote the message that smoking is banned in hospitals.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s Quit Your Way service runs the annual competition and this year’s theme was smoke-free hospital grounds.
Creetown Primary’s Lucy was the primary schools winner with fellow P7 pupil Katie second. Another Creetown Primary pupil, Annabel, was the primary runner-up.
Lucy said: “I wasn’t expecting it but I’m really happy and excited.
“Smoking hurts you but it’s bad as well if you do it in hospital grounds because people there are already ill and you don’t want them to get more ill.
“I think people will see these posters and it’ll start to get into people’s heads that you’re not to smoke on hospital grounds and it’ll stop.”
There was also Stewartry success in the secondary schools section with Molly, who is in S1 at Kirkcudbright Academy, second.
The winners were chosen by Quit Your Way tobacco control officer Lisa Ashby, admin assistant Jake Stokoe and Stewartry hospitals senior charge nurse Carol Bell.
Lisa said: “Thank you to all our schools who took part in this year’s NHS Quit Your Way poster competition.
“This year’s theme was smoke-free hospital grounds. Ahead of new legislation making it illegal to smoke on our hospital grounds, we would like to decorate our hospitals with young people’s artwork to promote this important message.
“The entries we received were fantastic. We are always amazed at how talented and creative our young people are.
“It made it very difficult for us to judge but we now have our winners and I’m sure people will agree they will stand out.
“Not only do they promote no smoking on hospital grounds but they include lots of interesting facts.
“Congratulations to all our winners and we look forward to displaying these designs in our local hospitals.”
The posters will now be distributed to help promote the message that smoking is not permitted in hospitals or on hospital grounds.
Prize line-up Creetown Primary winners with their teacher and class-mate
Poster success Creetown Primary’s Lucy was the primary schools winner with fellow P7 pupil Katie second. Another Creetown Primary pupil, Annabel, was the primary runner-up.