West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has announced the winner of their Test It Tuesday poster competition.

The competition invited Primary School pupils from across the county to design a poster to promote the Fire Service’s current smoke alarm campaign ‘Test It Tuesday’ which aims to get everyone in West Sussex testing their smoke alarms as part of their normal weekly routine.

With a £250 IKEA voucher up for grabs for the winning pupil to spend on a bedroom makeover and £1000 IKEA voucher for the winning school the competition attracted over a thousand entries from schools all around the county.

L-R) Luke's class teacher Corinne Wooff, District Commander Dave Benham, winner Luke Wells and head teacher David Etherton

The lucky winner was 9-year old Luke Wells from St Nicolas & St Mary CE Primary School in Shoreham-By-Sea. West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s District Commander for Worthing & Adur, Dave Benham, presented Luke with his prize and certificate at a special assembly at the school on Thursday (December 15). Dave said:

“We hope that running this competition has helped to raise awareness of the importance of testing smoke alarms in thousands of homes across the county. It was wonderful to see so many schools taking part and the standard of the entries was certainly exceptionally high. Luke was a thoroughly deserving winner – his poster looked fantastic and had such an effective and memorable slogan.”

Luke's winning poster

David Etherton, head teacher at St Nicolas & St Mary, said afterwards:

“We are thrilled that Luke has won the prize – it’s great for him and great for the school and was a lovely surprise just before Christmas. Raising awareness of testing smoke alarms and imbedding fire safety at this early age is really important and a message that will be taken back home to parents and guardians.”

Kate Penfield, from IKEA Southampton‘s Business Navigation Team, added:

“The Test It Tuesday smoke alarm campaign is a great idea and this competition was a really engaging way to get children interested in fire safety so we are delighted to support it. We now look forward to welcoming Luke and his family and, of course, the school to our store to choose their prizes.”


District Commander Dave Benham presents Luke with his winner's certificate

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