To mark National Road Safety Week (17- 23 November), the Hyde store pledged to raise awareness about road safety among local children by donating hundreds of high visibility vests to local children. 

Children at six primary schools across Tameside were presented vests by opticians from Specsavers in Hyde. 

Hundreds of vests were distributed by the store, to Flowery Field in Hyde; St George’s in Hyde; Holy Trinity in Ashton; Dowson Primary in Hyde; Godly Primary in Hyde; and Bradley Green in Hyde.

Dark mornings and night make journeys to and from school hazardous

Diane Barton, store manager at Specsavcers Hyde, comments: ‘At this time of year with the dark mornings and nights, combined with increasingly wintery weather, it can be difficult for motorists to see pedestrians. Many children are walking home from school at dusk, which is a particularly hazardous time.

‘With this in mind, we decided help spread the message of Road Safety Week while increasing the safety of children in Tameside by donating high visibility vests to local schools.

Free glasses and eye tests for under 16s

‘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. Regular eye tests are important, as early detection can reduce the risk of serious eye problems in the long term.’

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