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Award-winning safety exhibition at Royal Three Counties Show sparks competition delight for local school

A Worcestershire schoolgirl has bagged £250 for her school after winning a competition held recently at Malvern’s Three Counties Showground. 

Teachers and pupil pose with a cheque
(left to right) Tessa Warby (Education Executive), Claire Blackford (Sponsorship Account Manager) , Elaine Mather (Head of Defford-cum-Besford C of E First School), Alison Lovegrove (Planner, Western Power Distribution) Front row, Evie Hughes (pupil)

Evie Hughes, nine, from Defford-cum-Besford Church of England First School in Worcester, designed the winning poster at this summer’s Royal Three Counties Show as part of a competition run by WPD. Children had been invited to design a poster advising to stay safe around electrical equipment.

As a Royal Three Counties Show partner, we have been supporting the show since 2013. As well as supporting the school worksheets, the show also features on the itinerary as a stop for scouts and guides taking the Royal Three Counties Show Badge across the weekend.

This summer there were interactive and high-tech workshops for children during the course of the show, including a virtual reality pod that taught children important safety messages as part of its educational remit.

Representatives from Three Counties Showground visited competition-winner Evie to present a framed version of her artwork and a book token, while her school was given a £250 donation towards much needed supplies.

WPD Corporate Communications Officer Karen Welch said: “Each year we work hard to bring new elements to our award winning safety exhibition at the Royal Three Counties summer show. Our exhibition stand focuses on safety, customer awareness and customer care.

“It has proved to be very popular with visitors who take advantage of its range of hands-on activities. This year we added a Virtual Reality experience and the youngsters loved it!

“We were delighted our stand was awarded Gold for a fourth year running. We continually strive to make it as up-to-date and as relevant to our visitors as we possibly can. We offer free workshops about electrical safety and this summer used puppets as part of the presentation.

“One element of the workshops tasked pupils to use their skill and imagination to design a safety poster themed on staying safe around electrical equipment.

“The standard of entries to our poster competition was outstanding and we were delighted with the overall winning entry awarded to Evie – huge congratulations to Evie, we hope her school enjoys the prize!”

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