In aid of National Road Safety Week, Specsavers in Acomb has pledged to keep local school children safe by donating high visibility vests to one primary school and a Rainbows and Brownies group.

Children at Westfield Primary School and West Thorpe Methodist and St Edward the Confessor Churches Rainbows and Brownies were presented with a total of 125 vests by Carole Nelson, optical assistant, and Lucy King, in-store trainer and supervisor.

Pupils also took part in a special workshop to ensure that they’re safer when their learning takes them out into the community, while walking to and from school and on school trips.

Part of a national initiative
The high visibility vests were donated to the primary school and groups as part of an initiative set up by Specsavers, as part of Road Safety Week, 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 Acomb, Stephen McEnaney, commented: ‘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 Acomb and offered Westfield Primary School and the two Rainbows and Brownies groups the high visibility vests.

Free glasses and eye tests for under 16s
‘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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