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Help Blue Cross find Britain’s most heroic tails!

Lily Rose - Blue Cross Medal winner, 2019

We’re calling for all Key Stage 2 animal lovers and aspiring artists in your school to enter a new creative competition - to design a movie poster all about their favourite ‘su-purr’ hero to support this year’s Blue Cross Medal award! 

2020 marks the 80th Anniversary of the Blue Cross Medal first being awarded to incredible pets. The Blue Cross Medal celebrates everyday pets who are changing or saving lives across the UK – with one extra special pet being awarded the winning medal each year. Last year, a dog called Lily-Rose won the medal for saving her two family members’ lives. A true hero!

Get your pencils ready!

To celebrate this major milestone, we are asking pupils in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 to draw their favourite pet on the front of an A4 sized superhero-themed movie poster – alongside 150-200 words why their pet is such a champion.

No pet? No problem! Pupils who don’t own a pet can draw their imaginary ‘super pet’ and explain what their powers would be.

Children must also write 150-200 words which explains the story behind their movie poster to accompany the poster itself. This should be in their own words but must encompass the following as a minimum:

  • Name and age
  • No less than 150 words describing the story behind their poster design
  • Clarification as to whether their design is based on a real pet or an imagined one
  • Additional details about their movie not included in the poster design
  • Why their poster should be considered for the Blue Cross Medal exhibition

Five winning movie posters will be selected by Blue Cross in May, recreated by professional designers and showcased at a special exhibition in London in June called ‘Pet Heroes Through the Ages’ – which they will be invited to attend.  

The closing date for entries is 3pm on Friday 15 May.  All entries must be sent to [email protected] or sent in the post to ‘Blue Cross Competition, The PHA Group, 115-117 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0UN’  by this date.

We will let you know if you are one of five lucky winners after 1 June 2020.

The winning entries will be reproduced by professional designers and will go on display at a special exhibition in London in June 2020 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of awarding the Blue Cross Medal to incredible pets. Winners will be invited to attend the exhibition to see their work on display.

Competition details

Our Education team also offer free talks to schools:

The Blue Cross Education Team teaches young people about pet welfare, staying safe around dogs and responsible pet ownership from an early age to encourage behaviour change across a generation. In reaching as many children and teenagers as possible, we can improve the lives of both future pets and their owners, and stamp out cases of animal cruelty and neglect in the process.

Remember – not all heroes wear capes!