Football star launches shire mascots

Scotland international and Olympian Kim Little with Kelland School pupils
Scotland international and Olympian Kim Little with Kelland School pupils

A Scottish football star delighted a youngster in Inverurie this week by visiting them to launch dragon mascots to help promote smoke-free environments.

Scotland international and Olympian Kim Little, met primary pupils at Kellands School on Tuesday, November 1, as part of a new smoke-free awareness campaign.

NHS Grampian Smoking Cessation Co-ordinator, Rachel Stewart, said: “We’re very encouraged that so many people, young and old, as well as professionals, want to raise awareness about the benefits of a smoke-free environment, and we want to support that enthusiasm.”

Her colleague, Jill Smith, added: “They’re inspired by our county’s many castles and informed by advice from early years professionals, and we asked children in Aberdeenshire to suggest a name for each dragon.”

Primary 7 pupil James Beattie, from Kellands School, came up with the winning suggestion of ‘Puffy’ for the red Dragon, while Primary 4 pupil Kaelyn Simpson, from Rosehearty School, provided the winning name of ‘Bubbles’ for the blue Dragon.

Kim Little, who has more than 100 caps for Scotland, represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics, was named BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award for 2016, and will start with Arsenal Ladies in 2017, presented each pupil with a trophy.

Kim said: “Smoking is a choice made by a single person but one which can affect the health of so many others. The inhalation of second-hand smoke can be detrimental to all, but especially children, and I think it is important to broaden the awareness of the indirect consequences that smoking can have.”