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St Helens donates high-visibility vests to keep brownies ‘safe and seen’

02 December, 2015
Road Safety Week 2015
4th Eccleston Brownies in their high-vis vests

In support of Road Safety Week, St Helens has helped to ensure children are ‘seen and safe’ this winter by donating  high visibility vests to a local brownies group. 

Road Safety Week initiative

As part of an initiative by Specsavers and charity partner Brake to increase the safety of youngsters during Road Safety Week, 4th Eccleston Brownies have been presented with the vests by Specsavers in St Helens. 

Brownie leader, Michelle Woods, said: “We would like to thank St Helens Specsavers for the for the high vis jackets! The girls love them. 

“We have been on pack holiday this weekend and the girls wore them when out on the playground and also while sitting around the campfire!”

Dusk is particularly hazardous

Tom Lowry, store director at Specsavers in St Helens, said: ‘With the onset of dark conditions at times when children are walking to or from their after school activities, it can be difficult for motorists to see pedestrians and dusk is particularly hazardous.

‘We’re determined to ensure local children are ‘seen and safe’ on dark nights. We hope these bright vests will help spread the message of the importance of protecting kids, families and everyone else on roads this autumn and winter.

‘As part of this 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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