With national Road Safety Week underway, the team from Specsavers in Macclesfield have donated a selection of high visibility vests to Whirley Primary School in a bid to help keep local school children safe. 

Children assemble for presentation

Children from the school welcomed dispensing consultants, Craig Wollaston and Kim Hopwood from Specsavers in the town, who joined the school assembly to outline the importance of road safety.

After the talk, the Specsavers team presented the children with 60 vests to ensure that they are safer when their learning takes them out into the community and while walking to and from school.

As part of Road Safety Week, and to increase the safety of as many local children as possible, Specsavers in Macclesfield have also donated a selection of jackets to the local brownies and guides groups.

Reducing the hazards and increasing safety

Store director at Specsavers in Macclesfield, Duncan Mackenzie, commented ‘It can be difficult at this time of year for motorists to see pedestrians, and late afternoon is particularly hazardous when the children are walking home from school.

‘As part of Road Safety Week, we wanted to help increase the safety of children in Macclesfield and offered Whirley Primary School and the local brownies and guides, the high visibility vests.

‘We are also hoping to raise awareness of the importance of regular sight tests for children, as well as the free glasses and eye tests that are available to under 16-year-olds.’

A headteacher's thanks

John Rowan, headteacher at Whirley Primary School, said: ‘We were pleased to welcome Specsavers into school this week to present children with the high visibility vests.

‘Our school motto is safe, happy learning, so anything that helps to educate young people about road safety or makes them more visible to other road users is invaluable and we’re sure that the vests will be well used, especially over the winter months to come.’

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