This Road Safety Week, Bury Specsavers helped to ensure children were ‘seen and safe’ by donating 60 high visibility vests to a local primary school.   

As part of an initiative by Specsavers and charity partner Brake to increase the safety of Bury youngsters, Heap Bridge Village Primary School pupils were presented with the vests by Claire Watters, store manager at Specsavers’ Mill Gate Shopping Centre store and a governor at the school.

Be safe and seen
All the youngsters also took part in a whole school assembly to ensure that they understand how to stay safe when their learning takes them out into the community as well as when walking to and from school or on school trips.

Heap Bridge Village Primary School head teacher Marcus Cockcroft commented: ‘These fluorescent and reflective vests are an excellent tool to keep children safe so we’re very grateful to Specsavers Bury for working in partnership with us, and for their kind donation.

Winter weather warning 
‘With the onset of dark conditions at times when children are walking to or from school, it can be difficult for motorists to see pedestrians and dusk is particularly hazardous.

'This year we are promoting healthier lifestyle choices and as such, these vests will be given to those children choosing to ride their bike to school using our new bike shelter.

‘We will also be using them in the New Year when we start up our 'walking bus' before and after school.'

Road safety message
Bury Specsavers manager Claire added: ‘We’re delighted to be able to donate these vests to Heap Bridge Village Primary School and we were very impressed to find that pupils were already well-versed on their road safety.

‘Now that the clocks have gone back, we’re determined to ensure local children are ‘seen and safe’ on dark nights. We hope these bright easily seen vests will help spread the message of the importance of protecting kids, families and everyone else on roads this autumn and winter.

‘As part of this 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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