As part of this year's Road Safety Week, the Congleton Specsavers team has helped to ensure children are ‘seen and safe’ on the roads by donating more than 50 high visibility vests to local pre-schools and nurseries.

As part of an initiative by Specsavers and charity partner Brake to increase the safety of local youngsters, children at The Coppice Pre-School and Out-of-School Club in Smallwood and Little Scholars Pre-School in Scholar Green have been presented with the vests by the Congleton Specsavers team.

Children are often seen out and about
Rachel Strutt, director of The Coppice operated by RJS Child Care, explained that Smallwood residents can expect to see the youngsters out and about in their new fluorescent and reflective vests during their regular ‘welly walks’ through the village.

Rachel said: “These fantastic vests are an excellent tool to keep children safe so we’re very grateful to Specsavers Congleton for working in partnership with us, and for their kind donation.

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

Safety message so important in rural areas
'Being in a rural area we know how important road safety is at any age so we regularly talk to the children about staying seen and we even had a fantastic educational visit from a PCSO recently.

We are also promoting healthier lifestyle choices and as such, these vests will be given to those children when we go out on our walks so do keep an eye out for us.’

Congleton Specsavers director Tim Lovatt added: ‘We’re delighted to be able to donate these vests and we were very impressed to find that the children were already well-versed on their road safety.

Protecting families this winter
‘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.’

Brake is a national road safety charity which exists to prevent deaths and injuries which happen on roads on a daily basis, through campaigns and other funding. The charity also promotes safe and sustainable road use and effective road safety policies.

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