Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
6:00 PM 31st January 2020

‘Best Day’ Of Sheffield Pupil’s Life

A Sheffield primary school pupil has had ‘the best day of her life’ after winning her school more than £500 worth of brand-new books, having been crowned the winner of a special competition run by leading estate agency, Redbrik.

Mum Katie Barrett and Luella’s sisters, Clio, Trudi and Esme; dad James Barrett, Luella Barrett, David Cooper, Daniel Stones.
Mum Katie Barrett and Luella’s sisters, Clio, Trudi and Esme; dad James Barrett, Luella Barrett, David Cooper, Daniel Stones.
Luella Barrett, a pupil at Bradway Primary School in south west Sheffield, had just recovered from breaking both of her wrists in summer 2019 in time to draw the winning entry into Redbrik’s 2020 Home Anniversary card design competition. Luella had been unable to play sport or take part in many other school and social activities for months previously.

The agency sends the cards to all its buyers a year after they move into their Redbrik home, and invited children across Sheffield and north Derbyshire to draw, paint or colour a fresh design for 2020.

Luella’s creation – inspired by a treehouse built by her dad in her family’s back garden when Luella was younger – was chosen as the winner of the competition, with the youngster claiming the competition prize of £500 worth of books from independent Ecclesall Road-based bookshop, Rhyme and Reason, for her school.

The books, along with a framed version of Luella’s treehouse-inspired design, were presented to the school at a special assembly in front of approximately 240 other pupils.

Mum Katie later said that the youngster had had ‘the best day of her life’ following the special assembly.

Little Luella was thrilled to have won, and when explaining her creative colouring, said: “My dad built a treehouse when I was five years old and I loved it, but we had to move and couldn’t take the treehouse with us.

“So I was thinking about that treehouse because I’d love to have one again. I thought of everything that went into it to make it so special, how I enjoyed playing in it and I tried to make it as much as I could into the picture.

“I felt shocked when I found out I’d won, I’ve not really won anything this big, nothing like this, but I was very proud but also nervous being presented in front of assembly!”

Trudi, James, Luella, David Cooper, Daniel Stones.
Trudi, James, Luella, David Cooper, Daniel Stones.
Daniel Stones, deputy head teacher at Bradway Primary School, said:
“The prize will make such a huge difference to the pupils in our school.

“Corporate social responsibility from businesses like Redbrik is fundamental in creating links between schools and the workplace. The amount of books that Luella has won for our school is going to help children discover and enjoy stories for years to come.

“Children across the school are going to fall in love with literature and characters they’ve yet to meet and it’ll not only help with their attainment but their future success.”

Redbrik Director David Cooper, who presented the Luella and her school with their prize, said:
“Giving back to the local community is something that we’re really passionate about at Redbrik.

“Supporting local schools, businesses, charities and community organisations is something that we really value – it’s part of our core ethos.

“The engagement has been fantastic and the whole team were absolutely blown away by Luella’s creativity, the colours in her design and her imagination. She really brought her idea to life, and I’m sure it’ll put a smile our buyers’ faces when the cards drop through their letter boxes!”

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