Staff from Specsavers in Guernsey have donated 180 high visibility jackets to Alderney school children and the gift was perfectly timed to give the jackets their first outing in front of royalty.
‘St Anne’s School is delighted with the high-viz jackets which we will use primarily on outdoor educational activities on the island,’ says head teacher Martin Winward.
‘The first time they were worn was when a number of students representing the school walked up to the Island Hall on the occasion of the recent visit by HRH Prince Andrew. Staff will also regularly use them when accompanying children, for instance down to the beach for sea swimming and lifesaving training.
The fact that they could also double up as highly visible goal posts at playtime is an added bonus!’
A vest for all
The jackets have been provided in several different sizes so that all 128 children in the school can benefit as well as staff and volunteers who accompany them on their outings.
‘We are always keen to support the communities in the other Islands in the Bailiwick besides Guernsey in whatever way we can,’ explains Specsavers optometrist director Sarah Burchett.
‘And I’d like to thank Alderney resident, Chris Bennet who coordinated the handing over of the jackets.’
Chris explains that he had contacted Sarah last year about jackets and some had been sent over to Alderney. This year, she approached him to ask how many were required.
‘She’s very generous and a sweetheart,’ comments Chris.