To mark Road Safety Week Specsavers in Ormskirk has pledged to help keep local children safe by donating high-visibility vests to a nearby Cubs and Scouts group.

Children at 37th Ormskirk (St. Anne’s) Scout Group were presented with 65 vests by Sarah Guy an optical assistant from Specsavers in Ormskirk.

Safety first

It is hoped that the hi-vis vests will help the children from the Scout group to stay safe when they are out in the community, walking to and from the club, and on other trips.

Anne Gilham from 37th Scout Group in Ormskirk says: ‘We are incredibly grateful to Specsavers in Ormskirk for donating the hi-vis vests to our group.

‘The donation of the vests is a great help at this time of year and will undoubtedly keep our Cubs and Scouts safer and far more visible to motorists.’

Hazard awareness

The high-visibility vests were donated to the group as part of a national initiative from Specsavers to mark 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.

Store director at Specsavers in Ormskirk, Lieza Albiston, says: ‘At this time of year with the dark mornings and nights, combined with the winter weather, it can be difficult for motorists to see pedestrians, and dusk is particularly hazardous when the children are walking home from school.

‘With this in mind we decided that, as part of Road Safety Week, we wanted to help increase the safety of children in Ormskirk, so we offered the 37th Ormskirk (St. Anne’s) Scout Group free high-visibility vests.

Free sight tests

Leiza continued: ‘As part of the initiative, we are also hoping to raise awareness of free sight tests and two free pairs of glasses that are available to under 16-year-olds. It is important to make sure that children have regular sight tests as an undetected problem could lead to something more severe in the long term.’

‘Overall, it was very rewarding for us to be able to help the 37th Scout Group in Ormskirk - it’s a real pleasure to be able to help such a lovely group for local children.’ 

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