Super-safe Hartlepool pupils rewarded after power station visit

Crucial Crew Postcard Competition winners - Kyle McCulloch and Ellie Whitehead

Crucial Crew Postcard Competition winners - Kyle McCulloch and Ellie Whitehead

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SUPER safe and arty pupils have been rewarded for their competition talents.

The youngsters from 23 primary schools from across Hartlepool entered the contest as part of the annual Crucial Crew event – which sees hundreds of town youngsters visit EDF Energy’s Hartlepool Power Station.

Youngsters in Hartlepool enjoyed the Crucial Crew event.

Youngsters in Hartlepool enjoyed the Crucial Crew event.

Crucial Crew, a multi-agency event, teaches Year 6 children how to stay safe through a series of practical workshops.

Following the event, the organising committee invited pupils to enter a competition to design a postcard depicting a safety message they had learned.

And last week a winner and runner-up were selected from each school at a ceremony at Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street.

An overall town winner – Phoebe Caffrey from St Teresa’s RC Primary School – was then chosen along with an overall runner-up – Emma Green from Throston Primary School.

Phoebe Caffrey, a winner from the Crucial Crew event

Phoebe Caffrey, a winner from the Crucial Crew event

Phoebe received the EDF Energy Trophy while Emma received the Bill Wilson Memorial Shield.

All of the winning pupils received a gift voucher, a certificate, a cycle helmet and a goodie bag.

The overall winner and runner-up also received a family pass to Beamish Museum.

Kath Heron, a member of the Crucial Crew organising committee, said: “The big challenge is to ensure that youngsters remember the lessons learned during the event and continue to put them into practice in their every day lives.

Youngsters in Hartlepool enjoyed the Crucial Crew event.

Youngsters in Hartlepool enjoyed the Crucial Crew event.

“The competition to design a postcard aims to focus pupils’ minds on what they learned so that the knowledge stays with them for a long time to come.

“Some excellent postcards were designed and I would like to congratulate everyone who entered the competition on their efforts.”

The artwork produced by the children has gone on display at Hartlepool Central Library, in York Road, and will remain there until February 2.

Brendan Garvey, human resources manager at Hartlepool Power Station, said: “We are very proud of our association with Crucial Crew which is now into its 20th year.

“Each year, we see around 1,000 pupils coming to the power station and getting some superb safety advice in the most engaging of scenarios and we know from experience that these pupils – and the many thousands who have visited Crucial Crew over the years – have put that safety into action.

“This emphasis on putting safety first fits perfectly with all that we do here at Hartlepool Power Station and we look forward to continuing our long association with Crucial Crew.”

The Crucial Crew visits took place in October last year and were supported by EDF Energy, Hartlepool Borough Council, Northern PowerGrid, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Cleveland Police, HM Coastguard and Network Rail.