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Barnsley opticians put children's safety first

21 November, 2014
Children wearing high visibility vests donated by Barnsley Specsavers

To mark national Road Safety Week, Specsavers in Barnsley has pledged to keep local school children safe by donating high visibility vests to Little Fishes pre-school in Wombwell.

The pre-school was presented with 40 vests by Cathy Statham from Specsavers in Barnsley.

Part of a national campaign
The high visibility vests were donated as part of an initiative set up by Specsavers, as part of Road Safety Week, to increase the safety of local children when out and about by making it easier for motorists to spot them.

A word from the director
Store director at the Specsavers store in Barnsley, Darren Thornton, commented: ‘At this time of year with the dark mornings and nights, combined with the winter weather, it can be difficult for motorists to see pedestrians, and dusk is particularly hazardous when the children are walking home from school.

With this in mind we decided that, as part of Road Safety Week, we wanted to help increase the safety of children in Barnsley and offered Little Fishes pre-school the high visibility vests.

As part of the initiative, we are also hoping to raise awareness of free glasses and eye tests that are available to under 16-year-olds. It is important to make sure that children have regular eye tests as an undetected problem could lead to something more severe in the long term.’

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