Ella’s art work thanking key workers to be displayed at rail stations

Published on: Friday, 19 June 2020
Last updated: Friday, 19 June 2020

A 12-year old from Norwich has seen her art work displayed at rail stations in the region after winning Greater Anglia’s poster competition to show support for key workers.

Ella with her winnings and her artwork as a station poster

Ella Young’s colourful picture featuring a rainbow, the Greater Anglia hare mascot, a train and the words ‘Thank You Key Workers’ was chosen from almost 200 other entries after it impressed the judges.

Her work has been transformed into a poster which is displayed at rail stations and can also be seen, along with the runners up, here: https://www.greateranglia.co.uk/form/draw-hare-competition .

She also received £200 worth of Love2Shop vouchers, a first class family rail ticket (for later in the year), a Google cardboard Virtual Reality headset, a limited edition 100-piece jigsaw featuring Greater Anglia’s hare mascot and a year’s family membership to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

The runners up were named as Niya Archibald from London, Zunairah Saffdar from Hayes and Robbie Harris from Lowestoft.

Greater Anglia asked the public to get involved in thanking key workers by designing a poster for display at its major stations following a well-received display of posters created by staff at Cambridge station.

The company’s Commercial, Customer Services and Train Presentation Director, Martin Moran, said, "We received so many fantastic entries and the support and appreciation of all key workers really came through.

"It was lovely to see so many people wishing to join us in thanking NHS, our teams and all key workers, in many different roles, who are working tirelessly at this time to help others."

"Congratulations to Ella, whose work really stood out with its bold, bright colours and the way she brought together all the elements we’d asked for – the rainbow, our hare mascot and a thank you message – beautifully.

"We look forward to displaying her work and would like to thank everyone who took part. We were really impressed by the very high standard of all the entries."

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak Greater Anglia has stepped up cleaning of trains and stations, especially high contact areas such as grab rails, door buttons and handles and ticket gates and topping up soap, water and toilet roll in toilets more frequently.

The operator is also asking anyone who cannot avoid travelling by train to wear a face covering and this will become compulsory from 15 June to help people travel safely.

A reduced timetable, similar to a Saturday service, but with additional services at the start and the end of the day to enable passengers to get to and from work is currently in operation. See greateranglia.co.uk for full details.