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Jazz Jacket designers celebrate national win at House of Lords

Playsafe2011Two young toy designers who won a national award at the Trading Standards Institute’s (TSI) conference enjoyed a grand lunch and a tour of the House of Lords yesterday, hosted by TSI’s president Baroness Crawley.

Best friends Sarah Colyer and Grace McGowan, from  Maidstone in Kent, came top in the Playsafe competition with their clever design for a Jazz Jacket, a musical jacket with touch sensitive pads which play music, make sounds and provide fun, educational games.

The 11-year-olds not only came top of the class in the 6-11 year-olds category but were also overall winners of the entire competition beating off more than 500 entries – the pair won £1,000 for their school, the Allington Primary, a £100 voucher for themselves and a once-in-a-lifetime insider’s view to the Parliament.

The girls were treated to a four-course lunch together with their parents and head teacher, and were then taken on a tour of the House of Lords.

Grace said: “This experience was so much better than we imagined it would be - it has been wonderful.”
Sarah added: “Our friends won’t believe us when we tell them all about it!”

They said the highlights of the day were spotting Lord Sugar from the Strangers’ Gallery, seeing the hidden Chapel of St Mary Undercroft and....the starter soup, Veloute Agnes Sorel!

TSI’s chief executive Ron Gainsford said: “It was a pleasure to meet and congratulate these two terrific girls in person – they have done their parents and school proud.  This is the first Playsafe win for Kent, completing the set as the county has won our Young Consumers of the Year competition many times – well done Grace and Sarah!
“Playsafe is a great way to engage children and young people in a creative way, while raising awareness about the importance of safety features in the design of toys – we are grateful for the support we have received from the British Toy and Hobby Association for more than 20 years.”

Director general of the British Toy and Hobby Association Roland Earl said: “The Trading Standards service is a key part of a civilised society. Officers of the service strive to protect reputable businesses and vulnerable consumers every day of the year. We are proud to support the service in its work and delighted to sponsor the annual Playsafe Competition.

“Grace and Sarah’s design was a very worthy winner. It encapsulated perfectly the spirit of the competition, in a toy design that reflects the required safety warnings well, whilst creating a fun and imaginative toy”

DATE: 23 May 2012

Notes to Editors:

For photographs or to arrange an interview please contact Irja Howie at TSI press office on 08456089430 or

The Playsafe competition, run by TSI and sponsored by the British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA), invites children aged six to 17 to design a fun and safe toy.  The winning design is chosen every year at the TSI Trading Standards and Consumer Affairs Conference in June – this year the Conference is in Manchester 26 -28 June.

More details on Playsafe can be found at

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