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Lancaster store help children put safety first

21 November, 2014
Children at Trumacar Nursery and Community Primary School received a donation of high vis vests from Specsavers Lancaster
Children at Trumacar Nursery and Community Primary School in their high vis vests donated by Specsavers Lancaster

The Lancaster team has helped to keep local children ‘seen and safe’ on the roads by donating high visibility vests to three community primaries and a girl guiding group to mark National Road Safety Week (17-23 November).

With dark winter mornings and nights firmly set in, children at Trumacer School in Heysham, Cartmel Primary School and St Joseph's Primary in Lancaster were presented with 250 vests by staff at the city’s Specsavers store on Cheapside.

The store has donated 50 vests to the 2nd Upper Lancaster Rainbows and 5th Lancaster Brownies and Guides group which will benefit its 70 young members, aged five to 14.

Road safety message

All the youngsters also took part in special workshops to ensure that they’re safer when their learning takes them out into the community as well as when walking to and from school or on school trips.

Designed to coincide with National Road Safety Week, the high visibility vests donations are part of an initiative by Specsavers to increase the safety of local children on the roads by making it easier for motorists to spot them.

Winter weather warning

Michael Jackson, store director at Lancaster Specsavers, commented: ‘These fluorescent and reflective vests are an excellent tool to keep children safe and seen so we’re delighted to be able to donate them to the Lancaster community.

‘The dark conditions, combined with the winter weather, especially at times when children are walking to or from school, can make it difficult for motorists to see pedestrians, and dusk is particularly hazardous.

Raising awareness

‘It was great to see that Lancaster youngsters were already well-versed on their road safety. Donating these vests and talking to the children is a key part of National Road Safety Week’s message and commitment to getting everyone on board with the importance of protecting kids, families and everyone else on roads.

‘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.’

To find out more about Road Safety Week, click here

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