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Creative School Children Celebrated at GDN's CO Safety Competition Prize Giving in Parliament

Creative School Children Celebrated at GDN's CO Safety Competition Prize Giving in Parliament

10th July 2018

On the 28th June 2018, 9 schoolchildren, their families and teachers, gas industry representatives and MPs gathered together in Parliament for the Carbon Monoxide (CO) Safety Competition prize giving.

This event celebrated the winners, aged between 5 and 11, for their innovative and creative work in raising awareness of the risks of CO.

Run by the Gas Distribution Networks (GDNs), the annual CO Safety Competition (now in its tenth year) highlights the importance of getting CO safety messaging into our schools, with children encouraged to submit entries which expressed their creativity along with factual information about CO related risks. This year’s competition saw over 1500 entries submitted, with 9 regional winners and 2 national. Winning entries ranged from posters highlighting the symptoms of CO poisoning to a poem warning against its difficult detection, which attendees had the pleasure of hearing recited by its author at the ceremony.

Before the prize giving, winners enjoyed a boat trip along the River Thames with their families and GDN representatives where they could soak up the summer sun and see the sights. Barry Sheerman MP, a long-time advocate of CO safety and APPCOG co-chair, heaped praise (and chocolates) to the winners and their families for their hard work and creativity. Each winner received a trophy, a cheque for them and their school and had their entry displayed at the ceremony. Some winners were also lucky enough to be visited by thier local MPs; Adrian Bailey MP, Stephen Doughty MP, Liz Twist MP, Mark Spencer MP and Peter Heaton-Jones MP joined the celebrations in Parliament.

Barry Sheerman said of the event:

“The CO Safety Competition is a wonderful way for children to learn about CO and use their imagination – the whole CO campaigning community is richer for their contributions. It was great to see so many young people in Parliament, the heart of our democracy, being recognised for their hard work and talent, and I hope they got as much joy from the event as I did!”

A big success of the CO Safety Competition is not only educating children, but also the families, group leaders and teachers who support them. Lee Jefferies from Wales & West Utilities summed up the importance of the event in his closing remarks to the winners:

“We hope that you all enjoyed taking part in our competition, and telling your parents, teachers, families and friends how they, too, can stay safe from this silent killer. It’s so important that we continue to raise awareness of this poisonous gas and I know that I can count on all of you in this room to continue to join us in the fight against carbon monoxide.”

With thanks to Cadent, Northern Gas Networks, SGN and Wales & West Utilities – the Gas Distribution Networks – and the Energy Networks Association.