WE ASKED you to put pen to paper and design eye-catching posters to stop people from smoking outside the entrances of Queen Alexandra Hospital.
And we’ve had scores of entries for the competition, which draws to a close today.
April Phillips, 14, of Buckby Lane, Anchorage Park, who is pictured above, entered the contest.
She said: ‘When I went to visit my grandad in hospital I found people would be smoking right outside the hospital door.
‘There are people that don’t want to be stood around other people’s smoke, but they are because smokers won’t use shelters.
‘These smokers are damaging their own bodies, but that’s up to them. They shouldn’t put other people through that and should move to the shelters.
‘They are not that far away.’
The message from QA is for smokers to use two designated shelters nearby.
The poster campaign, which has been backed by The News, aims to get this idea across.
April, who goes to Admiral Lord Nelson School, added: ‘If someone is already ill then it can make it worse.
‘Also if you litter in other public places you would get in to trouble for it, but people think it doesn’t apply to them with cigarette ends.’
A panel of judges will look through the entries and pick a winner, plus second and third place.
All three designs will be made in to posters and will be unveiled on March 14, which is national No Smoking Day.
The winner will also receive a cash prize of £100, second place gets £75 and third place gets £50.