Saturday 25 November, from 14:30 hours
Warning Zone, 30 Frog Island, Leicester

Two creative children are set to be crowned the winners of the Celebrate Safely 2017 drawing competition this weekend.

They will be announced at Warning Zone, at a special award presentation between 14:00 and 16:00 hours on Saturday (25 November). As well as a trophy, the winners will pick up a goodie bag and have their entry framed. All participants in attendance will also be presented their own goodie bag for taking part.

The Celebrate Safely campaign, which is run jointly between Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Leicestershire Police, Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council and its local district and borough councils, runs from the beginning of September all the way through to the New Year to try and keep our communities safe through the period of celebration.

At the start of the campaign a competition was set up for school children in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. The pupils were tasked with coming up with an idea for how they would celebrate safely during the festive periods, this year specifically focusing on Bonfire Night and firework safety.

Their idea then had to be designed, hand drawn or painted, and submitted for consideration. A panel of judges including Station Manager Wayne Gale (Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service), Daxa Pancholi, Head of Community Safety (Leicester City Council) and Chief Inspector Jed Keen (Leicestershire Police) have picked the two winning entries.

Wayne Gale, Station Manager at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The Celebrate Safely campaign competition has been running for a number of years now and we always have a large number of entries which are all worthy of winning. Each year, the decision gets harder and harder to choose the winners.”

“We are happy that we are able to get the children thinking about staying safe during the festive period from an early age, as these periods are seen as the times of the year where people are at more risk – education is a key part of our prevention work.”

Ivan Ould, Cabinet member for community safety at Leicestershire County Council, added: “The celebrate safely message is an important one for all ages to keep in mind. It is good to see so many children across Leicestershire really embrace this creative project.”

We are looking to both local and national media to raise the profile of this event and would welcome your attendance. If you could confirm you attendance, it’ll be highly appreciated.

Where to find Beaumanor Hall: 30 Frog Island, Leicester, LE3 5AG

If you are travelling to the event by car, parking on site may be available but will be limited.

For more in depth information on Celebrate Safely, visit www.celebratesafely.com.


Notes to editors: Interview and photo opportunities will be available on the day with prior arrangement via Corporate Communications. If you are unable to attend, photos will be available via Corporate Communications post event.

Running Order: 

2:20pm – 2:30pm Official Welcome
2:30pm – 3.15pm Presentation of Awards
3.15pm – 3:30pm Rescue Scenario
3:30pm – 4:00pm Photo Opportunities/Refreshments

About the Service
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service provides emergency response, prevention and protection services from 20 stations across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Its headquarters is based in Birstall, Leicester.

The Service’s prevention, education, enforcement and inspection programmes have resulted in significant reductions in the number of incidents. In the last ten years, fire related incidents have reduced by 46 percent.

During 2015/16, the Service attended 666 road traffic collisions, of which 174 were extrications freeing 208 people trapped inside their vehicles and completed 5086 home fire safety checks, fitting almost 4481 smoke alarms. Staff organised or supported almost 1431 events aimed at promoting fire and road safety and arson
prevention, whilst also visiting 332 schools to deliver fire and road safety education to pupils.

Corporate Communications
0116 229 2195

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