Specsavers in Hamilton has pledged to keep local school children safer by donating high visibility vests to two primary schools, to mark Road Safety Week.

Children at Hareleeshill Primary in Larkhall and St Mary’s Primary in Hamilton were each presented with the vests by optical assistant Kay Muir.

They were donated to the primary schools as part of an initiative set up by Specsavers, to coincide with Road Safety Week (17 to 23 November), aimed at increasing the safety of local children when out and about by making it easier for motorists to spot them.

Keeping safe on the roads
Kay presented 50 vests to P1 pupils at Hareleeshill in Larkhall. The donation was made after an approach by P6 pupils Skye McKenzie and Mark Williamson, who wrote to staff telling them about their school’s participation in Road Safety Week activities. Staff were so impressed with the letter that they were keen to assist.

A donation of 102 vests went to P1 pupils from St Mary’s – optician Fiona Wedlock’s twins Daisy and Noah, five, are part of the Primary One class at St Mary’s.

Dispensing optician Nishma Patel says: ‘At this time of year with the dark mornings and nights, combined with the winter weather, it can be difficult for motorists to see pedestrians, and dusk is particularly hazardous when the children are walking home from school.

‘With this in mind we decided that, as part of Road Safety Week, we wanted to help increase the safety of children in Hamilton and Larkhall and we were delighted to present the vests to the youngsters.’ To find out more about Road Safety Week visit www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk.

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