Local schoolgirl Emily has her winning heart design placed in a popular Ashton park.
Emily Pollitt, age nine, from St Thomas’s Primary School, created the winning design for ‘The Heart of Wigan’ competition, which will be permanently situated in Jubilee Park.
Emily’s design was based around the outdoors and all of the different types of exercise you can do.
The Heart of Wigan programme, led by Wigan Council, is aimed at encouraging residents to improve their heart health and get out and about in our greenspaces to walk a daily mile.
This structure adds to the seven hearts that are already placed in parks across the borough, including:
• Mesnes Park
• Pennington Flashes
• Haigh Woodland Park
• Three Sisters
• Lilford Park
• Jubilee Park
Each structure, designed by local school children, outlines a short walk that you can take at your own pace which will help to keep your heart healthy.
Emily said: “I feel really proud of my design”.
Emily’s parents Jo and Geoff Pollitt came along to the unveiling to see the heart in place.
Jo said: “Emily spent three days on the winning design and wanted to combine elements of exercise and being outdoors, so Emily drew lots of outdoor activities like tennis, football, dog walking and camping.
“The lifeline in the middle shows the beating heart that surrounds the activities”.
Cllr Jenny Bullen, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People, said: “It was a tough competition, but Emily’s design was outstanding.
“Our young people show us the way in keeping active and having healthy hearts. The encouragement they receive in our schools through the curriculum and the Daily Mile is an inspiration to us all to get moving and keep moving!”
“It’s really nice to get young people involved and encourage them to introduce new activities into their lives.”