Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is supporting The 20 Effect in raising awareness for the city’s slower speed campaign. Patients at Alder Hey will be encouraging safer driving during National Child Safety Week (23-29 June, 2014).
Budding young artists at Alder Hey took part in a competition to design a poster, illustrating the importance of road safety. Their creations will be unveiled on a banner at Alder Hey and will also be displayed around the city to persuade drivers to slow down on residential roads.
The response to the competition was tremendous and two winners were selected by Alder Hey judges. After much consideration, the work of Erin Loy and Ava Hall, both aged eight, were chosen by the Hospital’s Public Health Steering Group and their art work will now be showcased as part of The 20 Effect campaign.
On Monday 23rd June both Erin and Ava will be proudly unveiling their artwork at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Their first sign will take pride of place outside the hospital – a clear message for passing drivers about the dangers of speed on residential roads.
Liz Grady, Health Promotion Practitioner at Alder Hey said;”At Alder Hey we know too well how important road safety is. This is why we have proudly supported The 20 Effect since it started. We see a lot of children in here as a result of motorists driving at speed, simply by being unaware of the potential casualties they could cause. The 20 Effect is here to make our residential roads safer and we are big supporters of the initiative. We hope our children’s fantastic artwork will help get this important message across during Child Safety week and beyond.”
The 20 Effect, Liverpool’s speed reduction campaign, has received even more support from residents in the latest part of the city to go 20mph – the area where is Alder Hey is located. Of those residents who responded across Clubmoor, Norris Green, Croxteth, West Derby, Yew Tree and Knotty Ash, an incredible 91% voted in favour of the new 20mph speed limits.
Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy said;”The 20 Effect campaign has gained real momentum since it launched two years ago; the high percentage of those in favour for the new speed limits pays testament to the work we have done throughout Liverpool. We’re making great strides as a city to ensure it is one that is safe to live, work and play in. The next phase of signage is another flag in the ground on what is becoming a great campaign. A big thank you to all the children who entered the competition and well done to our two talented winners”.