A Skelmersdale optician has pledged to keep local school children safer on the roads this winter by donating high visibility vests to a nearby primary school.

Donation to local school

Children at Hillside Community Primary School were presented with a total of 200 vests by store director Sully Patel from Specsavers in Skelmersdale.

Staff at the store have also been giving high visiblity vests to children visiting the store for an eye test. The high visibility vests were donated to the children in a bid to keep them safer on the roads at night as part of a nationwide initiative from Specsavers, to increase the safety of local children when out and about by making it easier for motorists to spot them.

Children can be hard to spot on the roads when its dark

Store director at Specsavers in Skelmserdale, Sully Patel comments: ‘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 we wanted to help increase the safety of children in Skelmersdale by giving them free high visibility vests.

Those under 16 do not need to pay for glasses or eye tests. 

‘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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