As part of Road Safety Week 2020 (November 16 – 22) road safety charity, Brake partnered with Specsavers to raise awareness of the importance of looking after our sight, particularly when driving, cycling and being on the roads, with safety being paramount.


Being seen in the winter months

With more of us taking to our bikes, scooters and walking to conserve our carbon footprint, and to encourage each of us to be more independent and mobile, Specsavers stores across London donated high viz jackets to support local community and school initiatives. Middle Park Primary School in Greenwich has been a benefactor of this Road Safety Week campaign, with their Year 6 pupils receiving high viz jackets for use on school trips, walking and commuting to school and any school related outings.


Supporting local schools 

Susan Fenn PSHE coordinator, at Middle Park Primary School, said: ‘We are delighted to receive the donation of 52 high viz jackets from Specsavers Beckenham. This is incredibly helpful, as it ensures the children stand out more when they are actively travelling to school, especially during the darker mornings and evenings, where drivers may be challenged by the glare of other vehicles and lower light levels.


We would like to extend our thanks to Specsavers and their partnership with Brake and the Road Safety Officers at The Royal Borough of Greenwich.’


Premal Patel, Specsavers Beckenham Optometrist Director said: 'We are delighted to be able to support Middle Park Primary School and to assist with increasing the visibility of the Year 6 pupils whilst out on school-related trips, particularly over the winter period when the light is much poorer and visibility is therefore reduced.’


High viz jackets increase visibility

Being seen, whether on a bike or walking, is important for all ages and especially for younger children during the darker winter months. The 2020 campaign; ‘No need to speed’ was being promoted during Road Safety Week to encourage everyone, and in particular drivers, to check their eyesight is in tip-top condition. The poorer lighting and dazzle from lights in the dark evenings can easily impact on a driver’s ability to have good vision.


For more information or to request an appointment you can contact your Specsavers Beckenham store here.




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