Fenland school children will see their artwork shared across the district after winning a local design competition to raise awareness of illegal money lending.
The competition, organised by the Fenland Community Safety Partnership and the England Illegal Money Lending team, was held over the past two months for Year 6 students at Burrowmoor Primary School in March, Orchards Church of England Primary School in Wisbech and Ramnoth Junior School in Wisbech.
Entrants were tasked with designing a banner to warn of the dangers of loan sharks and raise awareness of the support that is available to victims through the Stop Loan Sharks Project.
The three winners of the competition, Lily Brand, Wiktoria Rozek and Keira Ridgway, will each receive a £100 Amazon gift voucher and will see their designs displayed in communities and in high footfall areas across Fenland by the England Illegal Money Lending team.
Two runners up from each school were also awarded a £50 Amazon gift voucher in recognition of their hard work and all of the designs from the competition are set to be showcased this summer as part of a touring display in Fenland's libraries.
Cllr Andrew Lynn, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder responsible for Community Safety said: "This design competition, and the wider project it is a part of, has been a fantastic opportunity for us to raise awareness in younger generations and across our community of the dangers of loan sharks."
"We would like to say thank you to all of the immensely talented children who participated in this competition for their dedication and hard work and we hope that the messages they've shared will help to put an end to illegal money lending for good."
The competition was part of a wider project launched by the Fenland Community Safety Partnership and the England Illegal Money Lending team in June to raise awareness of the dangers of illegal money lending. A wide range of local organisations across Fenland got involved including Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Rainbow Saver Anglia Credit Union, Blackfield Creatives and local taxi companies.
Assemblies and creative workshops were held for Year 6 students at schools across the region to help give young people the tools and knowledge they need to stay safe and make responsible financial decisions.
Blackfield Creatives, a local organisation which delivers cultural activities across Fenland and who played a major role in the delivery of the school workshops, said: "we were delighted to be a part of the Opp Gripped Loan Shark Awareness programme and we felt that the workshops and assemblies in the schools were a great success."
For more information on illegal money lending or to report a loan shark, please visit: https://www.stoploansharks.co.uk