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SAFETY-CONSCIOUS students from across Hartlepool shone at a recent Crucial Crew awards ceremony in the town.

The Year 6 pupils from 29 schools who took part in Crucial Crew – an annual multi-agency event that teaches children how to stay safe through a series of hands-on workshops at EDF Energy’s Hartlepool Power Station – were challenged to design a postcard depicting safety messages as part of a post-event competition.

A winning postcard and runner up from each school was selected by Crucial Crew facilitators, and an overall town winner – eleven year old Mia Davison from St Josephs – was chosen along with the overall runner up – eleven year old Libby Bryan from St John Vianney.

The Mayor of Hartlepool, Councillor Paul Beck, said: “What these young people have achieved is absolutely outstanding.

“Some fantastic postcards were designed, and it is clear to see that the children’s creativity and passion for raising awareness around everyday safety have shone through. Well done to everyone involved.”

Joanne Andrews, Child Injury Prevention Coordinator at Hartlepool Borough Council, added: “We are very grateful for EDF Energy’s ongoing support for Crucial Crew, a vital initiative which is continuing to help prepare local children how to safely deal with some of the dangers they will inevitably encounter in the outside world.”

In addition to EDF Energy’s support, the event is backed by Hartlepool Borough Council and Youth Council, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Northern Power Grid, RNLI, Beamish Open Air Museum, Hart – Young People’s Participation team, HM Coastguards and Thirteen.

The interactive scenarios teach how to make a 999 call during the workshops which cover issues such as fire safety, home safety, road safety, substance misuse, internet safety, safety at the coast, electrical safety, and firework safety.

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