Dearne Valley College Art Student Designs ‘Anti-Vandalism’ Poster in Memory of Tragic Student

Date: 08/03/2013

Dearne Valley College student, Glynne Hanson, has been successful in winning a competition to design an anti-vandalism poster, which will be placed on emergency equipment at local beauty spot, Manvers Lake. The new artwork was revealed at an unveiling event hosted by Manvers Boathouse on Friday.

The competition came after the funding for new emergency equipment was generously donated by local resident, Sam Law. Sam’s teenage son, Phillip Law, tragically passed away in 2010, when he got into difficulties while swimming in Manvers Lake, and she has since joined forces with local authorities in order to spread the word on water safety at local schools and institutions.

Sam has also focussed her efforts towards fundraising for the Manvers Boathouse, which hosts a range of memberships for various water sports and frequently uses the lake for their activities. The money raised has funded a number of lifebuoys to be placed around the lake, for use in the event of an emergency.

In the past, this type of equipment has been the target of theft and vandalism, and in a bid to deter this, the Boathouse held a competition for Dearne Valley College art students to design an anti-vandalism poster to display on the new equipment, and the entry of mature student, Glynne Hanson, was chosen as the winner. Glynne received a voucher for his efforts, to fund further art and design materials and he attended the event to officially unveil his artwork. 

Sam Law also attended the event, having chosen the winning poster herself, along with Manvers Boathouse staff and PC Craig White, a local community Police Officer who specialises in delivering talks and tutorials regarding safety in the local area.

Speaking about his success, Glynne said:

“I was really happy to find out that I had won the competition, and it’s nice to be involved in something to promote safety around the lake, following the unfortunate passing of Phillip Law.”

The poster will now take pride of place around the entire lake, and the Manvers Boathouse staff hope that this will bring an awareness of the dangers of lake to the public, while discouraging individuals from defacing potentially life-saving equipment.

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