The Fairhill Specsavers team have provided leaders and members of 5th Ballymena Scout Group with 60 hi-vis vests for use during trips, hikes and walks.

The local partnership is part of Specsavers support of Brake’s UK wide Road Safety Week (18-24 November), Specsavers stores in Northern Ireland’s sponsorship of New Driver NI as well as category support in this year’s NI Road Safety Awards.

Step up for safe streets

The theme of this year’s Road Safety Week is ‘Step up for safe streets’ and as well as encouraging drivers to have their eyes checked to ensure they are safe to drive, Specsavers stores throughout NI are donating high-visibility to schools and community groups to help make sure children are seen as the days get darker.

Scout group provides life skills for local young people

5th Ballymena Scout Group is based at St Columba’s Church, Doury Road, Ballymena and the organisation provides scouting opportunities for children and young people aged 4-18 to help them learn valuable life skills and to explore the world around them. The current group has 80 members and 10 adult leaders across its five sections of Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.

Hi-vis vests will be a great resource says leader, Helen

Beaver Scout Leader, Helen Weir said, ‘These hi-vis vests will be a great resource for our group and will be used regularly throughout the year, ensuring our young people are safer when out and about in the community. We’re truly thankful to Specsavers for their kind and generous offer to supply the vests to our group – they are very much appreciated.’

Good eyesight essential for safety on the roads

Jackie Douglas, store director at Specsavers Ballymena said, ‘It was wonderful to welcome members and leaders of 5th Ballymena Scouts, Ballymena to our store to personally present them with hi-vis vests to suit all age groups.’

‘Good eyesight is essential for the safety of everyone on the roads but not everyone gets their eyes tested regularly. The only way to be sure your vision is up to scratch is to have an eye test every two years.’

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