The winners of a competition to design an image conveying a message reminding people to stay safe this Christmas have been picked.

Wolverhampton Learning Communities worked with YMCA Black Country as a partner for the competition for young people aged eight to 21 which was designed to raise awareness of the need to #StaySafeBeKind over the festive period.

There were more than 300 entries from schools and youth groups across the city, with the winning entries selected by the Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Claire Darke. 

In first place was Aaratreeka Das from Smestow School who won an Apple iPad and Apple pencil; second was Sidonie Ellitts from Oak Meadow Primary School who won a £100 Amazon gift card, and in third was Connie Davies from St Michael’s Catholic Primary Academy who collected a £50 Amazon gift card.

Mayor Councillor Darke said: “We were impressed by the standard of entries. Huge congratulations to all of the winners and a big thank you to everyone who took part – their creativity will really help to raise awareness of the message for us all to stay safe and be kind to others this Christmas.” 

Jo Goldie, Chief Operating Officer YMCA, added: “We were thrilled with the response to the competition and it was fantastic to see such creativity coming from the young people in our city.

“The also clearly demonstrated they understood the messages around Covid-19 which was an aim of the competition to raise awareness in this target group and for that to be filtered through to their families and wider community groups.”