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Young writers receive prizes for award-winning reviews

19th June 2018

Budding young writers have been celebrated after producing award-winning reviews of a special musical theatre show spreading the no smoking message.

Oldham Theatre Workshop performed A World Away for over 1,500 primary school children back in March. The pupils were then invited to review the production to be in with the chance of winning £300 for their school to spend on sports equipment.

Oliver Athill, from Rock Ferry Primary School, wrote the winning review and was presented with the prize at Birkenhead Town Hall. Second place went to Madison Clayton from Holy Cross RC Primary School and Kyle Campbell and Annabel Thorne from Devonshire Park Primary School were joint runners up. All the finalists received book vouchers and goodie bags.

The competition was organised by ABL Health, which delivers Wirral’s specialist stop smoking service in partnership with Wirral Council.

Liz Woodworth, of ABL Health, said: “The entries we received were fantastic and it was great to see that the children had digested important messages about the dangers of smoking as they watched the production. Well done to all those who took part and particularly to our finalists, who showed a real understanding of what the story was about. We support the council’s mission to make smoking history for Wirral’s children and this project has enabled us to encourage more young people not to become smokers in the future.”

The ABL Wirral team has helped more than 5,500 people on their quit journey since the service began in April 2016. If you feel like the time is right for you to quit, contact ABL today on 0151 541 5656 or text ABL to 60777 or e-mail wiccg.ablwirral@nhs.net Alternatively, you can visit one of the drop-in clinics; for details visit www.ablwirral.co.uk

Read the winning review here