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Warwick Bridge School wins national handwashing competition


Pupils from Warwick Bridge School in Cumbria have been crowned national champions of Medicspot’s primary school handwashing competition.

Warwick Bridge Primary School impressed the judges with a catchy song about handwashing, complete with a music video composed of clips of the children and teachers singing along and washing their hands at home.

Digital health provider Medicspot launched the initiative earlier this year in a bid to encourage households across the UK to practise proper hand hygiene.

The competition challenged primary school pupils across the country to showcase handwashing by putting their creative skills to the test.

There were a record number of entries, with hundreds of primary school pupils aged 5–11 from 158 schools in the UK taking part in the challenge.

The home challenge was launched as primary schools closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 for all but children of critical workers.

Children were encouraged to complete the challenge while at home by making a poster, filming a video, recording a song, doing a science experiment or writing a poem, to name a few.

In their entry, pupils were challenged to get creative and include some key points about proper handwashing, including washing hands for at least 20 seconds and frequently throughout the day.

Warwick Bridge School was one of ten primary schools who were awarded £100 to go towards school supplies including books, software and art supplies.

The grand prize of £500 was awarded to Uplands Manor Primary School in Smethwick, West Midlands, for their handwashing rap video entry from key worker pupils Grace and Korey.

The competition was run by Medicspot, a digital health company that has been supporting NHS workers and care home residents from exposure to COVID-19 with contact-free GP appointments.

Dr Johnson D’souza, Medical Director at Medicspot, said: “It’s never been more important to practise proper handwashing. We designed this challenge for children to complete at home to help promote frequent hand washing and help prevent the spread of coronavirus.”

“We hope the creativity from primary school pupils inspires households to practise handwashing regularly”, said Dr D’souza.

All of the winning entries are being showcased on the Medicspot website: www.medicspot.co.uk/handwash

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