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Pupils use power of art to stop smokers

Published 18/07/2014

Talented young artists will see their work put up around Derby Hospitals to help warn people the hospital is a smoke free zone.

Pupils at Denby School were asked to design posters highlighting the dangers of smoking, as well as to ensure people know the hospitals grounds are a smoke free zone, for a competition run by the Trust.

The competition was held during a visit to the school by Derby Hospital’s health promotion nurse, where she gave an education talk about the dangers of smoking.

This visit came on the back of a letter written by one of the school’s young pupils, Freya-Elise Oldfield.

Freya wrote to the Royal Derby Hospital after a visit, expressing her disappointment at people smoking outside entrances in hospital grounds.

As a result her letter was published in a Derby Hospitals patient and staff magazine and Freya has backed our new Think Again campaign to stop people smoking on our hospital sites.

Freya (10 years old), who wants to be a doctor or paramedic when she is older, is pleased that we’ve listened and involved local school children in our new campaign. She said: “I think it is important that people don’t smoke. The hospital’s ‘Think Again’ campaign is an excellent idea and I hope it will encourage people to think about their own health.”


And the winning artwork by Denby School pupils will also form part of the campaign, with their posters being put up around the hospital to deter people from smoking on the site.

Winning pupils will be awarded at a prize ceremony being held at Denby School, at 9.15am on Tuesday, July 22.

Karen Martin, director of workforce management at Derby Hospitals, said: “When we received Freya’s letter, we were moved by her honesty and saw the profound effect children’s opinions can have in engaging people.

“We are keen to maintain and develop strong partnerships across the local community and we are proud to be able to use this brilliant artwork in our Think Again campaign.” 

Last Modified 18/07/2014