Schoolchildren design safety posters for housing development in Wingate

Bellway held an art competition at Wingate Primary School to spread awareness of health and safety among children in the village.

All 362 children at the school took part and created their own posters about safety at a construction site.

The winners of the competition were Hattie from Year 6 and Libby from Year 2, who were both invited to Bellway’s Wellfield Rise development, off Wellfield Road in the village, for a special site visit on Monday 18 July.

The posters designed by Hattie and Libby have been displayed at the site, while Bellway has also donated £300 to the school in appreciation of the children’s efforts.

School headteacher, Marie-Louise Binks, said: “It is with pleasure that we have worked with Bellway, which has generously donated money for us to provide additional playtime resources for our children.

“This donation is particularly important as we are currently embarking on a new playground project for Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) at both our infant site in Church Street and our junior site in Moor Lane.

“The competition that Bellway invited our children to take part in was an excellent learning experience for them. It also synchronised well with our playground project which emphasises the need to stay safe and look after each other.

“Wingate Primary School prioritises the right to be safe above everything else and so we were glad to work with Bellway to inculcate the importance of safety in our children.”

Hayley Teasdale, Sales Manager for Bellway Durham, said: “We offer our heartiest congratulations to Hattie and Libby for winning this competition with their brilliant posters and thank all the children who took part for their efforts.

“We aim to work closely with schools near the developments we are building so that we can directly assist them in supporting the children and families they serve.

“We were therefore pleased to organise this competition with Wingate Primary School to highlight the importance of health and safety in and around construction sites among primary age children in the village.”