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Deb and Handz campaign extend 'Design-a-Dispenser' school competition

Posted by Stephanie Broad | March 23, 2016 | Facilities & buildings

As part of Deb Group and the Handz campaign’s collaboration to raise awareness of hand hygiene in schools, both parties are delighted to announce an extension to the deadline for one of the programme’s initiatives – the ‘Make It Your Own’ design-a-dispenser competition. The deadline for schools to take part is now 15th April, 2016. 

The competition seeks to get children involved by having them create artwork for Deb washroom dispensers. The winning entrant from each school will see their design applied to the dispensers in their school washrooms.

The ‘Make It Your Own’ initiative is part of a wider campaign to educate the younger generation on how simple hand hygiene techniques can make a real difference in the prevention of infections and illnesses. Andrea Jenkyns, MP for Morley and Outwood, founded the campaign having tragically lost her father to the superbug MRSA in November 2011. Deb Group, a leading innovator and supplier of skin care products and hand sanitising solutions, is the lead sponsor for the Handz campaign, offering support through a number of initiatives such as ‘Make It Your Own’. 

“We believe it is vital for children to be encouraged to wash their hands regularly and to develop an understanding of why it is so important,” said Paul Jakeway, Marketing Director at Deb Group UK. “By doing this while they are young, we can ensure that washing their hands becomes part of a lifelong routine that prevents the spread of germs whilst in the short term, we can help to reduce the spread contagious illnesses that result in time off school.” 

“That is why Deb Group and Handz are excited to extend the deadline of our ‘Make It Your Own’ initiative as a result of the interest we have had so far. We believe this fun, engaging exercise will really resonate with school pupils and leave a lasting impression on the benefits of washing their hands. By encouraging hand hygiene in a way that stimulates a child’s natural creativity, we hope to inspire future generations of happy, healthy and hygiene-conscious children.” 

The dispensers the children will be designing come from Deb’s range of sealed cartridge systems, which are more hygienic than conventional ‘pour in’ soap dispensers because they seal the outdoor environment out and prevent bacteria and germs from breeding inside the dispenser.

Deb and Handz also offer a range of resources to ensure the importance of hand hygiene continues to be communicated to children in the long term. These resources include light-hearted posters, pupil presentations and supporting materials for teachers.

For more information on Deb and the Handz campaign and how to sign up for ‘Make It Your Own’, visit and  

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