Poetry competition winner, Harrogate schoolgirl, given tour of Houses of Parliament

Competition winner Eleanor Grattoni-May presents the cheque to Ashville College Headmaster Mark Lauder.
Competition winner Eleanor Grattoni-May presents the cheque to Ashville College Headmaster Mark Lauder.

A Harrogate schoolgirl’s poem about the dangers of carbon monoxide has won a gas safety competition.

Eleanor Grattoni-May was one of hundreds of pupils to enter the Gas Network’s contest to raise awareness about the dangers of the odourless gas.

Eleanor, a pupil at Ashville Junior School, whose poem “The Invisible Monster” clinched her the northern area title, travelled to the Houses of Parliament to receive her prize from Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman.

The eight-year-old, was presented with a glass trophy and two cheques - £150 for herself and £250 for her school.

Following the presentation, Eleanor and the other winners were taken on a tour of the Palace of Westminster by Mr Sheerman, which included The Terrace, overlooking the River Thames.

She said: “It was a really exciting day out in London and I will never forget it.

“I met a lot of very interesting people who all work in Parliament to make laws to improve safety, as well as raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide.”

Ashville Junior School headteacher Simon Bailey said: “We are absolutely delighted for Eleanor and her success in winning this gas safety competition.

“Before penning her poem she thoroughly researched the subject. The poem is fantastic. It’s incredibly clever and a must-read for everyone.

“In four verses spells out the dangers of carbon monoxide and how to avoid falling victim to its deadly, odourless clutches.”