As National Road Safety Week approaches, the Kendal Specsavers store has pledged to keep local school children safe by donating high visibility vests to two primary schools and a Brownie group in the town.

Road Safety Week

Children at Crosscrake CE School in Stainton, Selside C of E Primary School in Selside and St George’s Brownie Group were all presented with vests by Melanie Scowcroft, Barbara Selby and Margaret Dixon from Specsavers in Kendal.

The high-visibility vests were donated to the schools and Brownies as part of an initiative set up by Specsavers for Road Safety Week. The aim is to increase the safety of local children when out and about by making it easier for motorists to spot them.

Store director at the Specsavers store in Kendal, Melanie Scowcroft, comments: ‘At this time of year with the dark mornings and nights, combined with the winter weather, it can be difficult for motorists to see pedestrians, and dusk is particularly hazardous when the children are walking home from school and evening activity groups.

‘With this in mind we decided that, as part of Road Safety Week, we wanted to help increase the safety of children in Kendal and offered the two schools and Brownie group the high visibility vests.

Free testing for under-16 year olds

Melanie continued: ‘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.’

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