As National Road Safety Week approaches, Specsavers in Bootle has pledged to keep local children safe by donating hi-visibility vests to a nearby school.

Importance of staying safe

Children at St Monica’s RC Primary School in Bootle were presented with 200 vests by store director Sara Taylor and store trainer Heather McClinton, both from Specsavers in Bootle.

Heather McClinton also joined the school’s assembly to give a talk to the children about staying safe and visible. She educated them about the importance of eye care and staying visible during the dark winter months.

Heather says: ‘The theme of the assembly was keeping safe and healthy, so talking about the importance of regular eye tests and using hi-visibility vests to be more visible at night as part of this, so my part was a perfect fit.’

Student participation

During her talk, Heather also told the children that hi-vis vests would help them to stay safe when their learning takes them out into the community, while walking to and from school and on school trips.

Heather continued: ‘As part of my talk I also got all of the children to take part in a little task. I asked them to close their eyes and think of something they really liked. This was to help them to understand the importance of healthy vision. They all participated and seemed to really like that task!’

Mr Consellas, head teacher at St Monica’s says: ‘We are incredibly grateful to Specsavers in Bootle for taking the time out to come to the school and educate the children about eye health and staying visible at night.

‘The donation of hi-visibility vests is a great help at this time of year and will undoubtedly keep our children safer and far more visible to motorists too.’

The high visibility vests were donated to the primary school as part of a national initiative from 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. 

Winter hazards

Store director at Specsavers in Bootle, Sara Taylor, comments: ‘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 Bootle and offered St Monica’s Primary School free high visibility vests.

Free eye tests

‘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.’

Sara continues: ‘Heather did a great job talking to the children – she was a natural with them and I know she thoroughly enjoyed the experience. ‘Overall, it was very rewarding for us both - it’s a real pleasure to be able to help such a wonderful local school.’

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