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Competition Winner Antonia Helps Stamp Out Smoking For No Smoking Day

No Smoking Day competition winner Antonia shows off her winning stamp designAlder Hey Children’s Hospital joined up with Roy Castle FagEnds to launch a special competition for No Smoking Day on Wednesday 12th March.

Children and young people across the hospital, along with local schools, were asked to design a stamp highlighting the dangers of smoking. The response to the campaign was enormous with lots of young people sending in their designs.

All the entries were judged by the hospital’s Children’s and Young People’s Forum, made up of former and present patients, who chose Alder Hey patient Antonia Gaskin as the winner. Nine year old Antonia’s design pictured the differences between a smoker and non-smoker with the statement, ‘Smoking damages your health and your children’.

Liz Grady, Health Promotion Practitioner at Alder Hey said: “The competition has been excellent and we have received a lot of fabulous designs. It’s great to see children and young people looking at the dangers of smoking and expressing this in their designs. Thank you to everyone who entered the competition and well done to Antonia for her winning design, she should be very proud.”

Antonia’s stamp design was used on over 700 letters sent from the Trust on Wednesday to celebrate No Smoking Day. Liz was joined by Lisa Gill, Service Manager at Roy Castle FagEnds to present Antonia with a special certificate and prize.

Lisa Gill said: “It’s not only important that children are educated of the dangers of smoking from a young age but also that both they and their families know the dangers and effects of second hand smoke.

“We’re so pleased to have been involved in this campaign and think Antonia’s design captures the key message we strive to promote that second-hand smoke is dangerous for anyone exposed to it, especially children.”

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