King’s Lynn student’s poster to spearhead bus-based anti-smoking campaign

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A pupil from King Edward VII School in Lynn has seen her artwork with an anti-smoking message adorn the back of a local bus.

About 100 pupils from the school created their unique pieces of art as part of a contest arranged by Smokefree Norfolk, the stop smoking service provided by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C).

Each piece aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking and to discourage people from taking up the habit. The winning pieces were designed by Year 7 pupil Brianna Burge, and Megan Eke, Eilis McGovern and Zara Koenigsberger, all Year 9.

Having originally been created in September, each of the winning girls’ posters will now be displayed as posters in a variety of locations, with Megan’s selected to decorate the back of one of the county’s Norfolk Green buses.

The competition was organised by Moira Welham, lead adviser West, with Smokefree Norfolk.

She said: “As well as helping people to stop smoking, our service also aims to discourage people from starting in the first place. We do a lot of work with local schools and the competition was a fun way to get young people thinking about the dangers of smoking.

“I’m delighted that the pupils have been so engaged in creating their posters and that their innovative pieces of art will now be seen by so many people.”

Sally Parkinson, a teacher at King Edward VII School, said: “It is fantastic to see the girls’ artwork turned into posters and all of the children have been so excited to see the giant version on the bus!

“We are very proud to have this opportunity to show our pupils’ excellent work in the wider community.”

Smokefree Norfolk offers a range of free, confidential help to people who want to stop smoking. This includes one-to-one support and group sessions, as well as medication such as patches, mini lozenges or mouth spray.

For advice about giving up smoking, contact the Smokefree Norfolk team on: Freephone 0800 0854 113, text bfree and your name to 65000, or log on to www.smokefreenorfolk.nhs.uk.




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