Christmas comes early for story-writing Hartlepool pupil

Joanne Andrews from Hartlepool Borough Council, Isabel Kazomba and Bob Knox from Northern Powergrid.
Joanne Andrews from Hartlepool Borough Council, Isabel Kazomba and Bob Knox from Northern Powergrid.

Christmas came early for a schoolgirl from Hartlepool when her entry in a short story competition won her a tablet.

Shocked Isabel Kazomba, 10, who attends St Joseph’s RC Primary School, was presented with her unexpected prize in front of classmates.

She entered the short story competition after taking part in Hartlepool Crucial Crew, an annual multi-agency initiative that teaches personal safety to Year 6 pupils by using practical workshops to cover a range of issues, including electrical safety.

The competition was organised by Northern Powergrid –a long-standing supporter of Crucial Crew –for children who had taken part in Hartlepool initiative and others staged in North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Stockton.

In total, some 600 entries were received and Isabel, whose story highlighted the dangers of playing near electricity sub-stations and pylons, was chosen as overall runner-up

Bob Knox, Northern Powergrid’s Schools Safety Presenter, said: “We challenged children to write a short story of no more than 500 words based on the dangers of electricity, drawing on the knowledge they gained at Crucial Crew.

“We were delighted to receive so many entries and I’d like to congratulate everyone who entered on their efforts. It was great to be able to surprise Isabel in front of her classmates and her face was an absolute picture when I told her that she had won a tablet.”

Joanne Andrews, Hartlepool Council’s Child Injury Prevention Co-ordinator, said: “Crucial Crew has now been running in Hartlepool for 20 years and thousands of young people have benefitted in that time.”

“I’m delighted that a child who had attended Hartlepool Crucial Crew came second in the Northern Powergrid competition and, hopefully, it shows that we are getting the safety message across.”