South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has announced the three winning designs which will feature on the side of 12 ambulances across the South East.

SECAmb received more than 1,000 entries in just one week in the competition which asked children aged 11 and under to submit a design which incorporated a rainbow, NHS logo and a supportive public message.

A blind judging panel had the tricky job of whittling down the entries.

Three ambulances in Sussex will feature the design of four-year year old Alicia Worsley from St Leonards, while the colourful designs from Kent winner, 10-year-old Riley Latham from Herne Bay and six-year-old Hazel Chatwin from Worcester Park, will seen on the roads of Kent and Surrey respectfully.

The special ambulances are expected to be completed in the coming weeks and each winner will be given the opportunity to have a photo with their winning design.

SECAmb Operational Team Leader from Hastings, Neville Bettley, who suggested the Trust hold the competition said: “It was amazing to see so many entries come flooding it. It shows the strength of support out there for the ambulance service so thank you to every single child who sent a design in. I’m really looking forward to seeing the designs on the side of our vehicles and I know they will be very well received as they are seen out and about in the community.”

SECAmb is planning feature the many hundreds of unsuccessful entries on ambulance station walls across its region.

Winners announced in ambulance design competition
Winners announced in ambulance design competition