Staff from Specsavers in Galashiels have been helping to spread the road safety message to local youngsters.
The store has given a donation of hi-visibility vests to two local groups to help them stay safer during the dark nights when visibility for drivers is limited.
One batch of vests was donated to the 1st Galashiels Guides. The group of 20 girls aged 10-14, who meet at Burgh Primary School, will use them on trips and excursions.
The idea to make the donation came from Specsavers optical assistant Emma Rae, an assistant leader with the Guides group in her spare time. She noticed the girls could be difficult to spot in their dark blue uniforms during evening activities, and wanted to help keep them as safe as possible.
Meanwhile a second batch of vests was donated to BEES’ Beyond Boundaries Project, a local group which works with disadvantaged children, getting them outdoors and encouraging them to be active in a woodland environment.
The group of 12 children, aged 8-11, meets at Langlee Community Woodland to take part in confidence and esteem building exercises including den building, fire-lighting and blind games.
The vests will be used to keep the youngsters as visible as possible on their regular walks along the busy road from Langlee Primary to the woodland.
Store director Stuart Forester, says: ‘Specsavers is proud to be helping with the delivery of an initiative that has the potential to save lives.
‘Everyone has a responsibility to make sure both pedestrians and road users have a safe journey and these hi-vis vests are definitely a big step in the right direction.
‘All of the staff thoroughly enjoyed their time with the children and I’m so pleased we’ve been able to spread the message of staying safe and being seen.’