The winner of the annual Merseyside Police Christmas card competition was announced last week as special visits were paid to two local primary schools.
On Thursday (14 December) competition winner, 10-year-old Elizabeth Prescott from St. Mary’s School in Blackbrook, St. Helens, was visited by Chief Constable Andy Cooke, who awarded her the first place prize for her fantastic ‘don’t drink and drive’ card entry.
Superintendent Ian Hassall surprised 11-year old Millie Almond on Friday (15 December) from Irby Primary School on Wirral, who was crowned runner up for her 'buckle up' road safety card.
Elizabeth received a £30 voucher and a £300 donation for St. Mary’s for her design, which will be made into the force e-card and distributed to friends, stakeholders and partners of Merseyside Police.
Millie received a £20 voucher and a £200 donation for Irby Primary School. Her design will be used by Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy as her Christmas e-card this year.
Pupils aged between seven and 11 from five primary schools, one from each local policing area, took part in the competition. They were:
- Irby Primary School for Wirral;
- St Mary’s, Little Crosby for Sefton;
- Knowsley Village Primary for Knowsley;
- St. Mary’s, Blackbrook for St. Helens;
- St Michael of the Hamlet for Liverpool.
A winner from each of the remaining schools was identified and the pupil received a £10 voucher. All fellow pupils who submitted Christmas cards received certificates for their efforts. The remaining schools each received a donation of £100 from the force for participating.
The challenge was set by Merseyside Police for pupils to create a card containing key crime prevention messages to keep people safe over the festive period and Chief Constable Cooke faced a tough decision when choosing the winner.
He said: “It’s always a pleasure to judge the annual Christmas card competition and this year, as always, there were some fantastic entries. It was a hard choice but Elizabeth’s design was the winner for me and I’m sure everyone who receives the e-card will be absolutely delighted.”
“The children are a credit to their schools and the community and it’s great to be able to spread some Christmas cheer throughout the force with their help. The cards have always proved very popular and long may the tradition continue.”
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Congratulations to Millie, as to all the winners from this year’s Christmas card competition, as well the dozens of young artists who took part across Merseyside.
“It’s important that young people are encouraged to think about how they can stay safe. This competition was a great way to get the children thinking about how to look after themselves around our roads, and urging others to do the same. The designs show they had some really creative ideas and I am delighted to be sending Millie’s design to hundreds of people across Merseyside.”
Julia Ashton, Head teacher of St Marys Blackbrook said: “We were delighted to welcome Chief Constable Cooke to St. Mary’s to present the school and winner Elizabeth Prescott with the prizes following the Christmas card competition, we are immensely proud of Elizabeth and the students who took part.
“We would also like to thank Chief Constable Cooke for his lovely words following the school nativity, which he kindly stayed to watch following the prize giving.”
Merseyside Police would like to say a big thank you to the pupils that took part in this year's competition and wish them a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.