Tesco bag design wins Emma top prize

WINNER Michelle Terry Benfield of Tesco Extra Havant, Emma Townsend and Liz Jones, Tesco Extra Havant Community Champion
WINNER Michelle Terry Benfield of Tesco Extra Havant, Emma Townsend and Liz Jones, Tesco Extra Havant Community Champion
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IT was a case of divine inspiration for a schoolgirl who won a design competition.

Nine-year-old Emma Townsend created a bright and colourful poster that will now feature on shopping bags in Tesco in Solent Road, Havant.

Her design features a tree and she says her weekly visits to church played a role in coming up with the idea.

She said: ‘I go to church every Saturday and sometimes, as part of that, we go to a local area and go to different places like Staunton Country Park to get to know the area.’

Emma, of St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School in Havant, joined an art group and designed the poster in her lunch breaks.

Primary school pupils across the Havant area entered the competition and Emma was thrilled when she was named as the winner in an assembly.

She said: ‘I had no idea that I had won. My mum told me she was coming to assembly for something else.

‘Then I was called up and awarded the prize.

‘Mum is very proud and said that I should set up a table and start signing the bags.’

Emma won six Tesco Hudl tablets for her school and a £25 Tesco gift card.

She added: ‘I’ve spent £10 on the One Direction album and will probably spend the rest on an Xbox game.’

Rosie Miller, community liaison and pupil opportunities officer at the school said: ‘We’re very proud of Emma and are excited about her design being on the Tesco bags.

‘The Hudls will be shared by everyone in the school so that all of the pupils can benefit from them.’

Liz Jones, community champion at the Tesco Extra store, was on hand to present Emma with her prize.

She said: ‘As part of the store’s relaunch celebrations we wanted to run a competition with schools to engage with local children in a fun and creative way.

‘All of the entries were fantastic and we struggled to pick just one, but in the end we thought Emma’s design really stood out.

‘We would like to congratulate Emma on creating such a wonderful poster and we are delighted that we have been a part of the school’s celebrations and presented her with her prize.’