England’s only single deck open top bus in service was brought to town by the team at Specsavers in Newport in a bid to raise awareness for road traffic safety.

Remembering local school girl

Staff at the store arranged a visit from the rare Mendip Mule Motorbus as part of their ongoing fundraising efforts for charity partner Isle Drive Safe – Remember Evey. The island-based charity was set up in 2014, two years after the tragic death of Evey Rose Staley who, at the age of ten, was killed by a driver who had been drinking and taking drugs. Its aim is to increase safety awareness and help reduce casualties on the island’s roads.

For the past two years, the store has been at the forefront of fundraising for the campaign and is also one of the sponsors hosting a Charity Gala later this year in its honour.

Devastating effects

Isle Drive Safe is primarily run by Evey’s family whose father Neal said: ‘Our aim is to raise awareness of the importance of safety on the island’s roads to ensure other families don’t have to go through the same tragedy that we have.

‘Since the accident, our lives have been turned upside down and each day we have to try to come to terms with what’s happened. Support from businesses like Specsavers means we can continue to work to improve road safety and limit road traffic casualties. We’re very grateful to the team at Specsavers for their support.’

Support from the director

Store director, Catherine Kidd, added: ‘We’re proud to have hosted England’s last remaining open top single decker on the island and hope this visit has encouraged more islanders to think about road safety.

‘As a charity partner of Isle Drive Safe, we are committed to raising as much money as possible for this fantastic cause, and would encourage all drivers on the island to ensure they have regular sight checks. Vigilance on our roads is of paramount importance and we hope to see as many people as possible attend the Charity Gala on 8 October to remember Evey.’

Specsavers is selling tickets to the Charity Gala in store priced at £40pp. Special thanks to Solent and Wightline Cruises of Cowes.

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