Published: Friday, 18th May 2018

Medway Council held a quiz to educate young people on how to be consumer savvy.

The council’s Trading Standards team held the Consumer Challenge quiz at Bradfields Academy in Chatham last month. The quiz aims to encourage children with learning difficulties to become more confident shoppers and be more aware of their consumer rights.

Pupils from Bradfields Academy, Chatham, Inspire Academy, Chatham, the Hundred of Hoo Academy, Hoo, and Rivermead School in Gillingham took part in the quiz.

Following a number of tie-break questions the Inspire Academy were pronounced the winners and were presented the Andy McGrath memorial trophy as well as goody bags and a voucher for a roller disco party for 100 people, donated by Roller Bizz on Medway City Estate. Inspire Academy also scored the most points during the quiz regarding local issues and were awarded with the Cllr Mike O’Brien memorial trophy.  

The quiz was held in memory of Andy McGrath a respected senior council officer who started out as a member of the Trading Standards team before working his way up to Assistant Director of Frontline Services. Mr McGrath passed away in 2016.

His widow, Caroline, said: “Andy worked with Trading Standards for more than 20 years and help set up the quiz many years ago. He would be honoured that this competition continues in his memory.”

‘The quiz is a fantastic opportunity for young people’

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder in Charge of Trading Standards, said: “The Consumer Challenge quiz is very special and it’s a fantastic opportunity for young people, who value their independence, to learn more about being confident and independent consumers. It’s important that everyone is aware of their consumer rights and educating young people is a step in the right direction. I would also like to thank the team for all their hard work and for making the day a success.”

The quiz is funded by sponsorship and donations from local companies including, Kent Trade Frames, Dockside Outlet Centre, WHSmith, Argos and Halfords.

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