Free event on hygiene

Youngsters across the Five Towns can make the most of their half-term break by getting to grips with hygiene at a free event being held in Wakefield tomorrow.

Wakefield Council is hosting an interactive event for children aiming to encourage good hygiene.

Mascot ‘Dirty Bertie’ will be in the Atrium at Wakefield One, on Burton Street on Friday November 1 for some fun, games and competitions aimed at children aged under 16.

The event starts from 9.30am and there will also be an opportunity for children to design a ‘bug busting’ poster with the opportunity of winning a free swim.

Coun Pat Garbutt, cabinet portfolio holder for public health at Wakefield Council, said: “Whatever you did today, you will have touched many surfaces and come into contact with germs.

“Keeping hands clean is one of the most important and easiest steps we can take to avoid getting sick and passing germs onto others.

“It’s especially important to encourage children to wash properly so they learn a life-long good habit.”

Health bosses said people have between two and 10 million bacteria between fingertip and elbow, with the number of germs on fingertips doubling after using the toilet.

Yet up to 60% of all men, and 40% of women fail to wash their hands afterwards.

They said people should wash their hands for at least 15 seconds with soap and warm water.

For more information contact the Infection Prevention and Control team or to find out more about tomorrow’s event call 01484 225598, or visit