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Local scouts safe in the dark thanks to Bootle team

10 January, 2018
High visibility vests donated to local cub and scout group
Specsavers opticians in Bootle donate high visibility vests to local group

The team at Bootle has donated a set of 80 high-visibility vests to local cub and scout group 22nd Bootle Christ Church, to help keep children under their care more visible.

The store donated the vests to the organisation after launching a campaign to increase the safety of local children by making it easier for motorists to spot them when their activities take them out into the community.

Increase the safety of children on the roads

Sam Wildman, optical dispenser at Specsavers in Bootle, said: ‘At this time of year when the days are quite short, combined with the unpredictable weather, it can be difficult to keep track of a group of children on the move.  

‘With this in mind, we wanted to help increase the safety of children in the area and who better to receive these vests than a local Cub and Scout Group who work hard to keep local children engaged, entertained and teaches them how to be prepared.

‘We’re looking to immerse ourselves and support our local community even further in the New Year and hope this is the first of many collaborations with 22nd Bootle Christ Church Cubs and Scout Group.’

Generous donation

Dave Brand, scout leader at 22nd Bootle Christ Church, added: ‘We’re so very grateful to Specsavers for their generous donation.

'We rely on subs, fundraising and donations to fund the group so having equipment donated is really appreciated and eases the financial strain of the club. The vests will come in really handy, especially when we go camping and head on night walks.

'More so, we finalising plans for a sponsored walk in the new year so this will help us stand out and ensure we look like a highly visible collective group.’

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