As National Road Safety Week approaches, a Skelmersdale optician has pledged to keep local school children safe by donating high-visibility vests to a local primary school.

Keeping children safe

Children at Hillside Community Primary School were presented with a total of 200 vests by store director Sully Patel from Specsavers in Skelmersdale. Staff at the store have also been giving high-visibility vests to children visiting the store for an eye test.

The high-visibility vests were donated to the children 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.

Raising awareness

The store director at Specsavers in Skelmserdale, Sully Patel, 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.

‘With this in mind we decided that, as part of Road Safety Week, we wanted to help increase the safety of children in Skelmersdale by giving them free high-visibility vests.

Free eye tests for under-16 year olds

Sully 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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