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.


With more of us taking to our bikes 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.


Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment at Brent Council, said: ‘We’re working closely with schools across the borough to encourage children and parents to walk, cycle and scoot into school, rather than hopping in the car. We are delighted that Specsavers have supported some of our local schools with their donation of high viz jackets that will raise the visibility of pupils and help to keep them safe as they are travelling to and from school, especially during the winter months.’


Uxendon Manor Primary School in Brent was a benefactor of this Road Safety Week campaign, with Year 5 receiving high viz jackets for use on school trips, commuting to school and any school-related outings.


Brenda Hayes, ECM leader and Jacklyn Merlin, P.E. leaders at Uxendon Manor Primary School said; ‘We are very grateful to have received the donation of 60 high viz jackets from Specsavers Harrow. Our Year 5 pupils will be more visible when they are travelling to school by bike, scooter or on foot, particularly during the morning and evening when the light is poor in the winter months.


Unhar Gupta Specsavers London Divisional Chair and Specsavers Harrow Registered Optometrist Directorsaid: “We are delighted to be able to support Uxendon Manor Primary School and to assist with increasing the visibility of Year 5 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 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 Specsavers Harrow here.



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