A group of pupils from Newall Green Primary School in Wythenshawe have helped design a set of creative posters encouraging patients and visitors at Wythenshawe Hospital to give up smoking.
The posters, which have now been installed at entrances around the site to deter people from smoking feature facts about the dangers of smoking and heartfelt messages from the children about quitting.
The posters use three different designs that were selected out of more than 90 drawn up by school pupils. The designs came about after Dr Matt Evison, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at Wythenshawe Hospital, part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, visited the school to give a talk about the dangers of smoking.
Pupils Ella, Grace and Zack first revealed the posters to the public in an unveiling ceremony, where they were joined by Dr Evison; Mandy Bailey, Chief Executive of Wythenshawe Hospital; and Ruth Perry, Head of School at Newall Green.
Grace, aged 10, said: “After seeing the pictures of the lungs in Dr Evison’s assembly, I realised just how harmful smoking is. I designed my poster to show other people the dangers.”
Zack, also aged 10, said: “When I saw the damaged lungs in assembly I immediately thought that it was so bad I needed to spread the word and tell people not to smoke.”