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Local children design logo for asthma friendly schools certificate

Children from an after school club run by The Participation Works in Colne, have won a competition to design a logo.  The logo will be used for certificates that will be awarded to Asthma Friendly Schools in East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.

Tallyn Denton, 11 and Nikita Kennedy, 11 won the competition with their joint logo design which has now been added to the Asthma Friendly Schools certificate, designed by Molly Worden, 18, a design student from Colne.

To be recognised as an Asthma Friendly School, each school must address a set of criteria that establishes an asthma friendly environment and meets the current legislation from the Department of Health guidelines. 

Becoming an Asthma Friendly School can reduce absences, improve participation in activities and concentration and reduce stigma. 

At present the Asthma Friendly School award will be rolled out to schools in Pennine Lancashire in the first instance but it is hoped that this will be extended to the whole of Lancashire.

All schools are encouraged to have an asthma plan for children with asthma and inhalers.

Dr Stuart Berry, local GP and respiratory lead for NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“1 in 10 of our children has asthma, so most classes will have at least a couple of children who have asthma. Asthma attacks can be scary for the child, their classmates and the teachers. Asthma Friendly Schools know what to watch out for so that asthma attacks can be prevented, and what to do if someone has an asthma attack.

Please see your GP or Practice nurse if you are needing your blue inhaler more than 3 times a week. We can help to reduce the chance of having life-threatening asthma attacks if we spot the warning signs.”

Dr Aliya Bhat, GP lead for Children, Young People and Maternity for NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group and Pennine Lancashire Paediatric Asthma Group chair, said:

 “The aim of the Asthma Friendly Schools Programme is to provide schools with asthma information and resources, in order to enable staff to become familiar with asthma symptoms, triggers, treatments, and emergency procedures, so we think it’s really important we support our schools.

“I’m delighted that we were able to involve our young population in this design competition and I’m equally delighted with the resulting logo. I’d like to say a big well done to Tallyn and Nikita for their winning logo as well as Molly for designing our certificate.”