Bedford school wins cash prize in national competition

The Hills Academy pupils being presented with their cheque
The Hills Academy pupils being presented with their cheque

Children at The Hills Academy have gone bananas after winning £100 from a national competition.

The school were runners up in the competition ran by Seafarers UK and Fyffes the fruit provider.

Seafarers UK is a charity that supports the UK maritime community, seafarers and their families.

This year they ran an awareness week (20-26 June) which was aimed to increase young children’s knowledge of the UK’s maritime industry.

The campaign was launched in association with Fyffes, was to encourage children between the ages of five and seven to think about the journey a banana makes to get to their lunchbox - using Freddy Fyffes, a lovable banana character.

To enter the competition, The Hills Academy submitted a photo of the pupils with bananas.

The school received the £100 cheque today and this will go towards school supplies, the children were also treated to a banana treat from Freddy Fyffes.

Moya Whitehead, headteacher at The Hills Academy, said: “The children really enjoyed the materials and we were absolutely delighted to find out that we were runners up in the competition.

It’s been great for the children to learn about shipping and for them to think about how things get to us. We look forward to spending the money, thank you very much to Seafarers UK and Fyffes.”

Nick Harvey, campaigns manager at Seafarers UK, said: “With over 90% of UK imports arriving by sea and the fact that we eat over 5 billion bananas every year, it felt like the perfect way to communicate with young children. We are delighted so many schools requested the materials and it was great to see the entries. We send our hearty congratulations to The Hills Academy.”