Primary school pupils win national carbon monoxide competition

11/02/2020 16:23
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These youngsters are celebrating after winning a national competition designed to help save lives.

Launched by Northern Gas Networks (NGN) with the aim of encouraging primary school children to learn more about the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO), the competition challenged children to design their very own CO villain character to rival hero Safety Seymour.

Bobbie-Jo Ramsay, from Waverley Primary School in Newcastle, and Kayla Bertram, from Glendale Middle School in Northumberland, took home the prize.

Their winning characters, Beymour Sickly and Gary the Gas Fire, were chosen from more than 500 entries, inspiring the judges with their creativity and a clear understanding of the CO safety messages.

Competition runners up were Sophia Cleugh from Newcastle, Kallia Lowe from Northallerton, and Theo Wigley and Jasmine Mudahy from Dulwich, South London.

The competition acted as an extension to the Safety Seymour education programme, developed by Cadent and run within schools by the network alongside NGN, SGN and Wales & West Utilities.

The sessions help pupils and in turn, their families, learn more about the associated risks of CO, which has proven to save lives.

Tom Bell, Head of Social Strategy at Northern Gas Networks, said: “As a company, we’re passionate about educating the communities in which we work, helping them learn more about gas safety. The Safety Seymour programme aims to further engage children across the UK and draw attention to this important topic.”

To find out more about Safety Seymour sessions, email

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