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Store's donation helps Nantwich school children put safety first

17 November, 2014
Nantwich Specsavers store manager Mel Sharpes with children from Wyche Primary School
Mel Sharpes, Nantwich Specsavers store manager, donated high vis vests to children at Wyche Primary School

In support of national Road Safety Week (17-23 November), Nantwich Specsavers pledged to help keep school children safe by donating high visibility vests to a local community primary.

With dark winter mornings and nights now upon us, children at Wyche Primary School in Manor Road, Nantwich, were presented with 200 vests by Mel Sharpes, store manager at the town’s Specsavers store on High Street. Pupils also took part in a special workshop to ensure that they’re safer when their learning takes them out into the community as well as when walking to and from school or on school trips.

In support of national campaign

The high visibility vests were donated to the primary school as part of an initiative by Specsavers, designed to coincide with National Road Safety Week, in order to increase the safety of local children on the roads by making it easier for motorists to spot them.

Mel Sharpes, Nantwich Specsavers store manager, commented: ‘At this time of year the dark conditions, combined with the winter weather, can certainly make it difficult for motorists to see pedestrians, and dusk is particularly hazardous when the children are walking home from school.

Community message

‘Reaching out directly to Nantwich’s children and our wider community is a huge part of National Road Safety Week’s message and a key part of getting everyone on board with the importance of protecting kids, families and everyone else on the roads.

‘It was great to see that the pupils at Wyche Primary were already well-versed on their road safety and we were delighted to be able to donate these high visibility vests to the school.

Raising awareness

‘As part of the initiative, we were 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.’

To find out more about Road Safety Week visit here

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