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Children in Blackpool easily spotted this winter

21 November, 2014
Specsavers optician in Blackpool with local school children
St Johns Primary School teacher, Luke Minns with optical assistant, Jackie Marriott and children from year one

Staff from Specsavers in Blackpool are marking this year's national Road Safety Week by donating over 200 high visibility vests to a local primary school.

Children from year one at St Johns CofE Primary School, on Church Street, were presented with the vests by optical assistant, Jackie Marriott.

In-store safety workshop

Pupils also took part in a special, in-store workshop to ensure they're as safe as possible when their learning takes them out into the community.

As part of an intiative set up by Specsavers for Road Safety Week, the vests were donated to help increase the safety of local children by making it easier for motorists to spot them.

Store director at the Specsavers store in Blackpool, Craig McGill, commented: ‘As we welcome the dark morning and nights, as well as the wintry 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, as part of Road Safety Week, we wanted to help increase the safety of children in Blackpool and offered the high visibility vests.

Under 16s eye care

‘As part of the initiative, 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.’

Visit Road Safety Week for more information.

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