As the evenings get darker, a Sheffield optician has pledged to keep local children safe by donating high visibility vests to a scout group.

A much-needed gift
Children at 115th Sheffield Dore and Totley Scouts Group were presented with a box of bright vests by the team at Specsavers in Sheffield to help keep them safe when out on trips or travelling to and from activities – and they’ve already put them to good use on a trip to Chatsworth House.

The high visibility vests were donated to the scout group as part of an initiative set up by Specsavers, to increase the safety of local children when out and about by making it easier for motorists to spot them.

Winter weather is on the way
Store director at the Specsavers store in Sheffield, Lorna Armitage, comments: ‘We are swiftly approaching a time of year when dark mornings and nights, and winter weather can make it difficult for motorists to see pedestrians. Dusk is particularly hazardous when children are walking home from school.

‘With this in mind we decided that we wanted to help increase the safety of children in Sheffield and offered Dore and Totley Scouts the high visibility vests.' 

Free eye tests for under 16s
Lorna continues: ‘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.’

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