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Nine-year-old wins Worcester Bosch story contest

Worcester Bosch has announced the winner of its children’s storybook writing competition – nine-year old Samuel Debenham from Northampton.

Sam Debenham from Northampton

Chosen by a judging panel consisting of Worcester Bosch, media title First News, and TV and radio Presenter Angellica Bell, Sam’s entry was awarded first place for its creative view towards a more sustainable future, “A City Called L8R”, and will be produced into a real storybook later this year.

The competition was launched in April 2021 following the release of Worcester Bosch’s own storybook, “A Robot Called B4”, which tells the story of friends Ava and Alfie who, through the discovery of a robot called B4 in a garden shed, travel back through time to the age of dinosaurs to realise how our past actions are destroying the green planet we once knew, before returning home to fight for a better future.

Entries were judged in collaboration with narrator of the“A Robot Called B4” audiobook edition, Angellica Bell, and competition media partner First News’ editor, Nicky Cox.

The winning entry, titled “A City Called L8R”, was chosen for its creative and optimistic view of how the world could work towards a greener future together, through a travel forward into time to a world we could have if we increased our protection of the planet.

Along with a Worcester Bosch goody-bag, which was also sent to four competition runners-up, “A City Called L8R” will be produced in collaboration with Sam into a limited number of physical copies. These copies will be shared with Sam’s family and classmates.

Victoria Billings, director of marketing at Worcester Bosch, said: “It has been great to see all of the amazing entries from children across the country since the start of the competition in April.

“We have been impressed and inspired by the passion they’re showing towards creating a sustainable future, and hope that our commitment to warming lives and protecting our future continues to resonate with children and their families across the country.”

Claire Debenham, Sam’s mother, added: “Sam was absolutely over the moon when we found out “A City Called L8R” had won.

“It’s great to see his creativity, imagination, and writing ability recognised by Worcester Bosch, and for the important values of sustainability to be encouraged among families and children in such an engaging way.”

28 July 2021

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