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


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 the local community and school initiatives. Discovery Primary School in Greenwich has been a benefactor of this Road Safety Week campaign, with their Year 5 and 6 pupils receiving high viz jackets for use on school trips, walking and commuting to school and any school-related outings.

Cheryl Van Cooten, Year 4 Lead Teacher at Discovery Primary School, said; ‘We are delighted to receive the very kind donation from Specsavers Charlton Riverside Sainsbury’s of 135 high viz jackets, including some for the staff throughout the school. Our pupils will be more visible during the darker winter months when they are travelling to school, whether that is by bike, walking or on a scooter. These will also ensure staff are seen when monitoring the roads outside school, both as the children arrive at school in the mornings, and go home at the end of the day. The jackets will also promote the children’s safety on school trips.

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


Imran Khan, Specsavers Charlton Riverside Sainsbury’s Dispensing Optician Directorsaid: “We are delighted to be able to support Discovery Primary School and to assist with increasing the visibility of the Year 5 and 6 pupils whilst out on school-related trips and their school commute, particularly over the winter period with its poorer lighting.’


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. This year’s campaign; ‘No need to speed’ was 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 the Specsavers Charlton Riverside Sainsbury’s store here.



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