Cambridgeshire Boy wins nationwide creative writing anti-bullying competition and donates prize to a South African pre-school

Nine year old Alexander Newman from Cambridge, Cambridgeshire has won Bullying UK and Pilot Pen’s #writeitout anti-bullying creative writing competition. You can read his winning entry here.

Alexander will receive a prize of a Pilot Pen UK educational pack containing FriXion erasable pens and colouring pens and a range of rollerball pens, fountain pens and whiteboard markers which he has decided to generously donate to a school in South Africa.  

Alexander’s winning entry came in the form of writing a letter to an imaginary bully and expressing how he now realises how badly bullies can affect people's lives. Alexander also thanks the bully for helping him to learn to always stand up for his friends and for giving him the confidence to always stand up for what is just and fair. 

Alexander Newman said: 

“I am very fortunate that my school does not tolerate Bullying and has policies to deal with it.  I have met children who have been bullied and have not had help to deal with it.  I have decided to donate my prize to the Kwa Mama Care Centre in South Africa, that depends on donations and volunteers.   In January 2015, I visited the centre during a holiday to South Africa and donated a box of stationery that my friends and teachers at school generously donated when I started a project to collect a box of stationery to donate to a school in need.  I am thrilled to win the prize and delighted to give it to Kwa Mama Care centre who advertised for stationery on their Facebook page recently.  I would like to be an ambassador for Bullying UK and help prevent bullying in schools.”  

Stuart Barker, Pilot Pen UK Marketing Manager said:

“Alexander’s entry touched on how the understanding of friendship can become blurred when children engage in ‘banter’ when actually they are displaying bullying behaviour. Writing can help a child to channel and make sense of their emotions and also explore ways to resolve a difficult issue such as bullying. It's important to raise awareness of the damaging effects bullying can have and to stress there is help out there for children and young people when they are faced with these difficult situations. I'm delighted that Pilot Pen UK are helping in the fight to tackle bullying and raise awareness of BullyingUK. We were delighted to hear that Alexander will be donating his prizes to the school that he supports in South Africa.”

For more information on tackling bullying, visit www.bullying.co.uk  

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Notes to editors:

For media enquiries or a copy of Alexander’s entry, please contact: BullyingUK’s press office via press@familylives.org.uk.

Entrants were encouraged to write in a variety of forms including: 

  1. Writing a Letter to their Younger Self
  2. To an Imaginary Bully
  3. To an imaginary Bullied Person
  4. Write about how they will tackle bullying if they see it happening
  5. Write a positive poem about tackling bullying

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