A local Rainbow Guides group has received a donation of high-visibility vests from a Cardiff opticians to help keep children seen and safe this winter.

Dark winter evenings approaching

Specsavers staff on Queen Street gave 20 vests to the 2nd Roath Park Rainbows, whose members are young girls aged five to seven, so they can use them while out and about during the darker winter evenings.

‘Winter is a time of fun and festivities for children,’ says Lisa Vidler, store manager of Specsavers in Cardiff.

‘Many will be out and about in the dark, travelling home from school or visiting friends and family ahead of Christmas. This can put them at risk, particularly if they are walking on poorly-lit pathways and roads. The high-visibility vests should hopefully mean other road users can see them and have ample time to slow down, avoiding accidents.’

Rainbow Guides is the youngest section of the Girlguiding movement in the UK. During their visit to the group to present the vests, optical assistant Louise Pateman and pre-reg optician Nancy Edwards discussed the importance of regular eye tests with the Roath group’s leader, Natalie Jones. They also spent time chatting with the children about the best ways to keep their eyes healthy.

‘A very enjoyable experience’

Natalie Jones, leader of the 2nd Roath Park Rainbows, said: ‘Thank you to the staff at Specsavers for coming to teach the Rainbows about how to keep our eyes healthy. We all had a very enjoyable experience and learnt a lot.’

Ms Vidler added: ‘Keeping a check on your eye health is important, whatever your age. Making children aware of the difference regular eye tests can make to their sight but also their overall health is key to ensuring they avoid unnecessary health challenges later in life.’

The donation was made ahead of Road Safety Week, an awareness campaign organised by charity Brake to highlight the dangers of driving too fast. It encourages drivers to ‘speed down, save lives’.

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