Pupils at a junior and infant school in Batley will now be safer when out and about in the community thanks to a high-visibility vest donation from Batley Specsavers.

High visibility jacket donation

Children at Lydgate Junior and Infant School were presented with 30 vests by store manager Louise Croft from Specsavers in Batley today (16 October 2014), as part of an initiative set up by Specsavers to increase the safety of local children, when out and about in the local community.

Helping to keep children safe in the dark mornings

Paul Smith, store director at Batley Specsavers, 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.

‘We wanted to help increase the safety of school children in the Batley area by offering local schools high-visibility vests so they can be better seen by motorists when their learning takes them out into the community, or when they’re out on school trips. As well as donating vests to Lydgate Junior and Infant School, we are also providing four other local schools with the jackets, to ensure as many children in Batley can be seen as possible.

‘Our safety initiative also aims to raise awareness of the free glasses and eye tests we offer to anyone under the age of 16. It is important to make sure that children have regular eye tests as an undetected problem in the early stages of development could lead to something more severe in the long term.’

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