South Manchester opticians donate hi-vis vests to local kids
Specsavers stores in Altrincham, Sale and Stretford have pledged to raise awareness about road safety among local children by donating high visibility vests to local schools.
Donations made to local schools
Specsavers in Altrincham donated high visibility vests to nearby Navigation Primary School while Specsavers in Sale donated to Springfield primary in Sale and the Stretford Mall based store donated to St Mary’s Primary School in Urmston.
In total, the stores donated an impressive 700 high visibility vests to schools in the area in a bid to keep local kids safer on the roads during the darker months. The high visibility vests were donated to the schools as part of an initiative set up by Specsavers to mark Road Safety Week, to help increase the safety of local children when out and about by making it easier for motorists to spot them.
Keeping children more visible on the roads
Stephen Kirkham, store director at Specsavers in Altrincham comments: ‘At this time of year, when the dark mornings and nights combine with increasingly wintery weather, it can be difficult for motorists to see pedestrians.
Many children are walking home from school at dusk, which is a particularly hazardous time. ‘With this in mind, Specsavers stores in south Manchester decided to join forces and spread the message of Road Safety Week while also increasing the safety of children in the local area and beyond by donating 700 high visibility vests to our local schools.
‘As part of the initiative, we are also hoping to raise awareness of the free glasses and eye tests that are available to under 16-year-olds. Regular eye tests are important, as early detection can reduce the risk of serious eye problems in the long term.’
‘Overall, this has been a very rewarding experience for both stores - it’s a real pleasure to be able to help such wonderful local schools.’