A Denby schoolgirl has prompted health chiefs to do something about smoking outside a major hospital after the youngster wrote to them to complain.
Freya-Elise Oldfied, 10, who is a pupil at Denby School wrote to bosses at the Royal Derby Hospital after she was disappointed to see people smoking outside the entrances to the city venue.
And the hospital decided to get Freya and her school pals to design posters to tell visitors the building and its grounds were smoking-free zones, and they will now go on display.
The talented artists will now have their posters on displayed around Royal Derby Hospital.
They highlight the dangers of smoking, as well as telling people the hospital’s grounds are also a smoke free zone.
The competition was held during a visit to the school by a health promotion nurse, who delivered an educational talk on the dangers of smoking.
In her letter Freya told how she was ‘disappointed’ people were smoking outside entrances.
As a result her letter was published in a hospital’s patient and staff magazine.
Freya has now backed the trust-run hospital’s new Think Again campaignaimed at stopping people smoking at sites.
Freya, who wants to be a doctor or paramedic when she is older, said she was pleased the hospital listened and involved her school pals in the new campaign.
She said: “I think it is important that people don’t smoke.
“The hospital’s ‘Think Again’ campaign is an excellent idea and I hope it will encourage people to think about their own health.”
Karen Martin, director of workforce management at Derby Hospitals, said: “When we received Freya’s letter, we were moved by her honesty and saw the profound effect children’s opinions can have in engaging people.
“We’re keen to develop partnerships across the community and we’re proud to be able to use this brilliant artwork in our campaign.”