• National award for Rainford high

    It was great to visit Rainford High to meet a team of pupils who won a national award in a global health and development contest.

    Zach Cunningham, Evan Cunningham, Rebecca Spencer, and Katie Wilkinson won in the Silver category of the Youth Grand Challenges competition – organised by the British Science Council.

    The team came up with the idea of Soap & Suds toys, to help stop the spread of deadly infectious diseases by encouraging children in developing countries to wash their hands more often.

    The team were supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and Unilever to successfully trial the Soap & Suds toys with young people in Ghana.

    The team have done a fantastic job and are a great example of just what young people across the Borough are capable of – especially when they get the right support, as in this case with head teacher Ian Young and STEM coordinator Hazel Duffy.

    I have written to the Secretary of State for International Development to make her aware of the project and asked her Department to help its development.