To mark National Road Safety Week, Specsavers in Hillsborough has pledged to keep local school children safe by donating high visibility vests to five primary schools and scout groups.

Children at Hillsborough Primary School, The Sacred Heart Primary School, St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Grenoside Cubs & Scouts and 231st Cubs & Scouts were presented with a total of 510 vests by Melanie Mitchell, dispensing assistant from Specsavers in Hillsborough.

Pupils also took part in a special workshop to ensure that they’re safer when their learning takes them out into the community, while walking to and from school and on school trips.

Part of a national initiative
The high visibility vests were donated to the primary schools as part of an initiative set up by Specsavers, as part of Road Safety Week, to increase the safety of local children when out and about by making it easier for motorists to spot them. The store is also giving out vests and reflective bracelets in store for customers who are looking to be seen better in the dark.

A word from the director
Store director at the Specsavers store in Hillsborough, Paul McGinty, comments: ‘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 Hillsborough and offered the schools and scout groups the high visibility vests.

Free glasses and eye tests for under-16s
‘As part of the 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.’

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