Specsavers in Burnley has pledged to help keep local school children safe by donating high visibility vests to a local primary school.

Children at St Stephen’s C of E School on Woodgrove Road were presented with 100 vests by Mark Addison, a Partner in Development from Specsavers in Burnley.

Road Safety Week

The high visibility vests were donated to the school as part of an initiative set up by Specsavers, ahead of Road Safety Week, to increase the safety of local children when out and about by making it easier for motorists to spot them.

Mark comments: ‘At this time of year, when dark mornings and nights combine with 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, ahead of Road Safety Week, we wanted to help increase the safety of children in Burnley and surrounding areas and donated high visibility vests to St Stephen's.

Ian Wilson, Head teacher at St Stephen’s says: ‘We were pleased to welcome Specsavers into school to present children with the high visibility vests.

‘Anything that helps to educate young people about road safety or makes them more visible to other road users is invaluable and we’re sure that the vests will be well used, especially over the winter months to come.’

Regular Eye Tests

As part of the initiative, the store is also hoping to raise awareness of free glasses and eye tests that are available to under 16-year-olds. Ensuring children have regular eye tests is important as an undetected problem could lead to something more serious in the long term.

All Burnley store information