There was spooktacular fun across Brackmills Industrial Estate this Halloween with children from Tot Stop Day Nursery and Holiday Club taking part in a special colouring competition.
The new Brackmills Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Paul Hurst, who is funded by the Brackmills Business Improvement District (BID), came up with an idea for children to colour in a Halloween picture as a way to create some family fun this season.
Paul said: “I know that a lot of employees who work for businesses that are part of the BID have children who attend the Tot Stop Day Nursery or Holiday Club, so I thought that during this difficult time it would be nice to do something in partnership with the BID to make the children smile.”
In total there were around 35 entries of the colouring competition. The BID provided the Holiday club prizes of Lego sets, while Northamptonshire Police provided the nursery prizes of Duplo & Paw patrol. Every child who participated also got some Haribo sweets.
Paul explained: “I was able to present the prizes to the Holiday club children as we could do this safely via social distancing, but with the nursery children the staff presented the prizes.”
Sara Homer, CEO of the Brackmills BID, commented: “As soon as Paul discussed this idea with me, I was ready to help. This has been a difficult year for everyone, and I knew that if the BID could make this October celebration a bit cheerier, we had to be involved. It is about supporting Brackmills’ businesses and the people within the businesses in any way that we can.”
Anyone who wanted to be involved could download the picture from the Northamptonshire Police website and display them in their windows.
Sara added: “It wasn’t advisable for people to go out Trick or Treating this year with the threat of the pandemic, but having these pictures in the windows still gave families a reason to get dressed up and go out as they could spot them around their neighbourhood. It was a fun family activity that was safe.”