As part of National Road Safety Week approaches, a Burnley optician has pledged to keep local school children safe by donating high-visibility vests to St Stephen’s CE School on Woodgrove Road.


Children at St Stephen’s were presented with 100 vests by Mark Addison, a Partner in Development from Specsavers in Burnley.

The high-visibility vests were donated to the primary school by Specsavers for Road Safety Week. The aim is to increase the safety of local children when out and about by making it easier for motorists to spot them.

Improving the safety of children

Mark comments: ‘At this time of year, when dark mornings and nights combine with winter weather, it can be difficult for motorists to see pedestrians, and dusk is particularly hazardous when the children are walking home from school.

‘We therefore wanted to help improve the safety of children in Burnley and offered St Stephen’s the free high-visibility vests.

‘As part of the initiative, we are also raising awareness of the importance of regular eye examinations for children, as well as the 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 serious in the long term.’

Helping to educate the children

Ian Wilson, Headteacher at St Stephen’s says: ‘We were pleased to welcome Specsavers into school to present children with the high-visibility vests.

‘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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