Published: Thursday, 12th October 2017

Hundreds of primary school children across the Kettering Borough took part and got creative!

Winners of a Children’s Drawing Competition, set up by Kettering Borough Council, visited the Newlands Centre to view their artwork on display and claim their prize money.

The purpose of the competition was to encourage young children to save money, and was split into two categories:

The 7 years and under category were instructed to colour in a money box, while the 8 to 11 years category had to design a moneybox with a Kettering related theme and provide three money saving tips.

The artwork was showcased in the Pop-Up Shop that celebrated World Mental Health Day, where numerous local organisations such as Kettering Mind, Credit Union, Citizens Advice and more were offering their professional advice.

The competition was judged by Mayor of Kettering, Councillor Scott Edwards, Councillor Mark Rowley, Councillor Lesley Thurland and Kettering Borough Council’s Managing Director, Graham Soulsby, who were present at the event to meet the winners.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the 8 to 11 years category were 8-year-old Lukas, 9-year-old Libbie and 11-year-old Joseph!

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the 7 years and under category were 6-year-old Alex, 7-year-old Maisie and 4-year-old Daniel!

Prizes included £100 for 1st place, £50 for 2nd place and £25 for 3rd place, all of which will be deposited into a Clockwise Credit Union child’s saving account for a minimum of one year.

Julie Trahern, Head of Customer Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“All of the children across the Borough that participated in this competition created wonderful designs and put forward very impressive money saving tips. It is so important to encourage young children to understand the benefits of saving money, so this event was hugely beneficial and I am very pleased for all the winners.”

Councillor Mark Rowley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, Communications and Youth, said: 

“This competition was a fantastic opportunity for the hundreds of children that took part to be creative and to encourage them to save money. Many congratulations to all of the winners and well done to all who participated!”