Primary school children from the Longridge and surrounding area, who came up with the best art ideas to encourage young people to save their money have been rewarded for their creativity with cash in their own savings accounts.
In each of the three age categories of the competition, run by the Furness Building Society, the first prize winner received £25 in a young saver account, second received £10 in an account, and third prize was a £5 voucher for Longridge’s Oh Sew Crafty shop, which helped to organise the competition.
The agency is based at the Longridge office of Shereen Salmon Independent Mortgage and Protection Adviser and the staff there work with local schools to provide savings opportunities for young people.
Almost a dozen schools were invited to take part in the competition, which attracted a huge number of entries.
The winners were selected by Furness sales and marketing director Martin Cutbill, Cath Reid who runs Oh Sew Crafty and former Longridge mayor, Coun David Moon and his wife and mayoress, Sheila who presented the prizes.
Furness Agency counter manager Brenda Banks explains: “The aim of the competition was to get children thinking about saving. We go into local schools to offer a savings service for pupils which helps to teach them about the value of money.”
Cath Reid adds: “The children came up with some fantastic ideas in the pictures and collages they entered for the competition, so the judges faced a very tough task.”
The winning pieces of art and other entries from the children are on display in the Furness Building Society agency in Unit 2, Calder Avenue, Longridge.
Top prize winners were Kate Hayhurst, Ben Hindley and Hazel Bailey who are shown in the photograph with former Longridge mayor, Coun David Moon and his wife and mayoress, Sheila; Martin Cutbill; the agency’s mascot Furry Ness and Hazel’s mum.