Winners of national carbon monoxide awareness competition receive awards at Westminster ceremony

For immediate release – Wednesday 5 July 2017
The awards ceremony for an annual school safety competition to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning took place at the Palace of Westminster on Thursday 29 June. The competition was launched in January by the companies which are responsible for running the gas networks across Great Britain. 
The Gas Distribution Networks (GDNs) Cadent, Northern Gas Networks, SGN and Wales & West Utilities put the call out for entries from school students in any form of media to promote CO poisoning awareness, and were pleased to receive nearly 1000 entries ranging from videos, posters, websites, and poems warning of the dangers of the silent killer.   
The winners and their guests were given a tour of the House of Commons in the Palace of Westminster before the winners received their prizes at a special ceremony hosted by Barry Sheerman, MP, who co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG), in Portcullis House.
The competition was run on an area level by each GDN and was open to students in Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) (ages 5 – 11) across Great Britain. At the ceremony the area and overall national winners for KS1 and KS2 were awarded prizes for themselves and their school.
Connie Hollis from Marston Green Infant Academy in Birmingham was the KS1 national winner, for her poster illustration of cookers to warn that orange flames from cookers are an indication that carbon monoxide could be leaking.
The KS2 national winner was Year 6 at Borras Park Community Primary School in Wrexham for their creative video in warning of the symptoms of CO poisoning and the actions needed to be taken if CO is suspected.
Tom Bell, Chair of the GDN CO Best Practice Group said:
“Every year lives are lost and many people have to be admitted to hospital and suffer health problems because of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.”
“This could be avoided if awareness of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide were better known and people took some simple precautions such as getting their gas appliances checked each year by a Gas Safe registered engineer and having a Carbon Monoxide alarm.”
He added: “I’m delighted that we had so many great entries for this year’s competition. It’s been a fun way to both pass the carbon monoxide safety message onto the younger generation and to highlight awareness among all ages.”
First launched in 2007, the competition was founded and run for many years by charity CO-Gas Safety in partnership with the GDNs, but this year the GDNs have taken over the running of the competition.
The full list of winners can be found below:
Key Stage 1 Area Winner: Connie Hollis, age 7, Marston Green Infant Academy, Birmingham
Key Stage 2 Area Winner: Rae Adey, age 11, Abbey Gates Primary School, Ravenshead
Northern Gas Networks
Key Stage 1 Area Winner: Amy Doughty, age 6, St Mary's Catholic Voluntary Academy, Horsforth
Key Stage 2 Area Winner: Megan Bell, age 10, Moorlands Primary School, Huddersfield
Key Stage 1 Scotland Area Winner: Katie Hutchinson, age 7, 4th Bathgate Brownies, Bathgate
Key Stage 1 South Area Winner: 5th Kidbrooke Brownies (Foxes), London
Key Stage 2 Scotland Area Winner: Alex Geddes, Lochdonhead Primary School, Isle of Mull
Key Stage 2 South Area Winner: Tona Loving, 3rd Winchester Scouts, Winchester
Wales & West Utilities
Key Stage 1 Wales Area Winner: Marcos Fernandes, Llanedeyrn Primary School, Cardiff
Key Stage 1 West Area Winner: Mia Freeman, Caen Community Primary School, Braunton
Key Stage 2 Wales Area Winner: Year 6 Class, Borras Park Primary School, Wrexham
Key Stage 2 West Area Winner: Elsie-May Dicks, St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic School, Bristol
KS1 National Winner 
Connie Hollis, age 7, Marston Green Infant Academy, Birmingham
KS2 National Winner 
Year 6 Class, Borras Park Primary School, Wrexham
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