Staff at Specsavers Opticians in Blackwood have donated 180 high-visibility vests to a local school to help make sure children can be seen when they are out walking in the community.

Staff from the store contacted Pontllanfraith Primary School to see if they could donate the high-visibility vests to its pupils.

Visited the school

Ellis Brown, optical assistant, and Sandra Karwowska, lab technician at Specsavers Blackwood, visited the school to speak to an assembly of children about the importance of regular eye tests and eye health.

During their visit, they also encouraged the pupils to use the luminous jackets to help make them visible on the roads, especially during the darker winter months.

‘Importance of road safety’

Jonathan Evans, director of Specsavers in Blackwood, said: ‘It was a pleasure to donate the high-visibility vests to Pontllanfraith Primary School as it is really crucial for young children to understand the importance of road safety and to be seen by other road users when out and about.

‘Specsavers is passionate about promoting the message of being safe and seen on the roads and our vests are a fun way to teach children the road safety message.’

Mrs Taylor, head teacher at Pontllanfraith Primary School, said: ‘I’d like to thank Specsavers in Blackwood for taking the time to speak to our pupils about road safety and general eye health.

‘The vests will be worn by the children when walking on the roads, such as on school trips. I know they will look forward to wearing them.’

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