SHEFFIELD schoolgirl Lucy Holcroft put her rivals in the shade when she won a national competition to create the perfect sun hat.
The 10-year-old Loxley Primary pupil was challenged to come up with a design to prevent her favourite heroes from getting sunburnt.
Lucy’s blueprint to protect her favourite boy band One Direction impressed the judges, who chose her entry from hundreds received from all over the country.
She was one of four youngsters to win £500 worth of playground equipment presented at a prize giving ceremony organised by sponsors Nivea Sun and Cancer Research UK.
Lucy also won an annual family pass to Merlin theme parks, as part of the contest designed to raise awareness of sun safety.
Her class teacher Kate Smith said the competition was both educational and fun.
She said: “Lucy and her classmates are thrilled at winning the competition.
“It provided a great opportunity to teach them how to enjoy the sun safely, but in a way that is fun and engaging and will hopefully stay in their minds for a long time to come.”
The campaign includes teaching pupils to wear a hat alongside a T-shirt and sunglasses, to spend time in the shade and apply sunscreen when the sun is strong.
Nicki Embleton, of Cancer Research UK, said the entries from the youngsters had been excellent.
She said: “We were very impressed by the number of high quality entries we received for the competition.
“The standard of artwork was extremely high and it was encouraging to see children really understanding how to enjoy the sun safely.”