Colne children’s centre earns smoke-free award

Jackie McDonald of Colne Children's Centre is presented the Smoke Free Award by The Mayor of Pendle.

Jackie McDonald of Colne Children's Centre is presented the Smoke Free Award by The Mayor of Pendle.

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Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust was recently presented with a Smoke Free Homes Award for achieving 100 pledges to remove or restrict smoking in the home across East Lancashire.

The Children’s Centre, based in Walton Street, Colne, aims to work with parents and carers of young children to improve life opportunities through better health, childcare and education.

The award recognised not only the great work of the Children’s Centre, but the families who have made the commitment to protect their children from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

Janet Davies, Children’s Centre business manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Millions of children in the UK are exposed to second-hand smoke every day, putting them at increased risk of lung disease, meningitis and even cot death.

“The team has made a huge effort to raise awareness and make information available to families about the harm second-hand smoke could be having in their children.

“On behalf of the team, we are delighted to have received recognition for this fantastic achievement, which is only the start in making family homes in the area smoke free.”

The award was presented by the Mayor of Pendle, Coun.Nadeem Ahmed, who said: “I’m more than happy to present this award to the Children’s Centre. “It’s a fantastic achievement and a step on the road towards protecting Pendle’s children from the effects of second-hand smoke.”

The Smoke Free Homes scheme aims to raise awareness about the harmful effects second hand smoke has in the home and cars by encouraging families to pledge to keep their homes totally smoke free or agree to restrict smoking to one well ventilated room, away from children.