As part of National Road Safety Week approaches, an Oldham optician has pledged to keep local schoolchildren safe by donating high-visibility vests to three primary schools.

Learning the importance of road safety

Children at Yew Tree Infant School, St Herbert’s RC Primary School, and Oldham Hulme Grammar School were each presented with 100 vests by Marie Sulzycki and Sarah Robinson from Specsavers in Oldham.

Pupils at Yewtree Infant School also took part in a special assembly with Sarah and Marie and Julie Williams from Unity Partnership to learn about the importance of road safety when they are out in the community.

The high-visibility vests were donated to the primary schools as part of an initiative from Specsavers throughout 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.

Hazards for children walking to school

Store director at Specsavers in Oldham, Catherine Hughes, 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 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 Oldham and the surrounding areas and offered free high visibility vests to the three local schools.

Free eye tests

Catherine 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 serious in the long term.’ 

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