A national digital health provider has challenged primary school pupils across Buckinghamshire to showcase handwashing by putting their creative skills to the test.

The competition was launched by Medicspot to promote hand hygiene at home for students aged between five to 11, with students from High Wycombe’s Mary Towerton School and Bledlow Ridge School, Aylesbury’s Oak Green School as well as students from several Marlow’s primary schools have taken part.

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The home challenge comes as primary schools are closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 for all but children of critical workers, and as the Easter holidays begin.

Children are 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.

Dr Johnson D’souza, medical director at Medicspot, said: “It’s never been more important to practise proper handwashing.

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Bucks resident, George, six, washing his hands

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“We designed this challenge for children to complete at home to help promote frequent hand washing and help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“We’re excited to see the creativity from primary school pupils in Marlow and hope it inspires households throughout the local area to practise handwashing regularly.

In their entry, pupils are 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.

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The winning entry will receive £500 for their primary school to spend on supplies, and 10 runners-ups will be selected to win £100 for their primary school.

This money can go towards school supplies including books, software and art supplies.

Pupils have until the end of June to get their entries in.

For further details and to enter, go to the www.medicspot.co.uk/handwash.