Spin to Safety: Game and poster warning about silent killer win top prizes

helping our community safety

  • Entries from Northampton and Welwyn Gardens win annual competition warning children about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning
  • Open to schoolchildren in Key Stages 1 and 2 (ages 5 to 11) the annual competition was launched in September
  • This week (23 to 29 Nov) is Carbon Monoxide awareness week
Young people from across the country were called on to ‘get creative, get safe’ in an annual competition that aimed to spread the word about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO).

Open to schoolchildren in Key Stages 1 and 2 (ages 5 to 11) the annual competition was launched in August, and today (Wednesday 25 November) Cadent are excited to announce the national and regional winners.

The Key Stage 2 regional and national winner is Abigail, 10, from Northampton who entered through 23rd Street St Marys Guides Group. Abigail designed a board game based on Cadent’s ‘Safety Seymour’ a bear on a mission to educate children about the dangers of CO.

The game called ‘Spin to Safety with Seymour’ aims to get children and their families talking about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide by answering a serious of questions as they complete a colourful rainbow.

Key Stage 1 winner Abigail received a cash prize of £450 and nominated the 23rd St Mary’s Guides Group to receive another cash prize of £900.

Guide Group Leader Tasha said: “We are so proud of her as she is a talented young lady! We were very surprised to hear that Abigail nominated us to receive the cash prize too”

Isabella, 6, from Welwyn Gardens won a £150 prize and £300 for her school after her colourful poster scooped the top regional prize.

Isabella’s Mother Claire said: “Isabella is absolutely and completely over the moon”

Originally each area winner would be invited to attend a prize-giving ceremony, however due to Covid – 19 restrictions this will now take place virtually.

Hayley Tranter, Customer Safeguarding Manager, said: “Every year lives are lost and many people have to be admitted to hospital and suffer health problems because of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

“This competition plays an important role in warning young people of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide. This year we’ve had to do things a bit differently due to the pandemic, but we still received so many amazing entries and are really proud of our winners. Thank you to everyone that took part”


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