‘Look after your ‘elf this Christmas’, says Santa’s helper Harry

Santa’s health advisor to the Fylde Coast is back to help children stay safe and healthy in the cold weather for another year.

For the second year running, Harry the Health Elf has agreed to help NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to educate local people on how to stay healthy.

Unlike his mischievous elf on a shelf cousins, Harry will be found having his flu vaccination, eating healthy hot meals, being active and lots of other key winter behaviours – all of them obeying social distancing rules.

Schools across the Fylde Coast can share Harry’s adventures so their pupils can learn all about how to stay safe and well. It’s hoped that the message will spread to their parents too.

Dr Neil Hartley-Smith, clinical director for the CCGs and a local GP, said: “Health services are notoriously busy in winter and it is often children we see more frequently as they are more susceptible to coughs and colds.

“If we can teach them how to look after themselves and what to do if they feel unwell we can hopefully spread that message to their parents, too.

“Elf on a shelf has been a craze for a while and other places in the UK have used a health elf to make the most of the interest young people have in the adventures of the elf. This one is special in that he will only be doing healthy things. We would love it if families could share the posts for us.”

Harry will only be around until Christmas Eve, so keep an eye out on social media channels by following @fyldecoastccgs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, @blackpoolhosp on Twitter and @blackpoolhospitals on Facebook, or search for #harryhealthelf.

If you are a teacher at a school and would like to use some of Harry’s images in your lessons or just share from your school social media accounts please feel free to download them from below – more will be added in the coming week.