In an effort to help keep children safe this winter, the Merthyr Tydfil team has donated 90 high-visibility vests to members of its community.

‘Significant addition to safety’

The Specsavers staff donated 50 vests to Caedraw Primary School for pupils to wear during their school trips this winter.

A further 40 vests were given to 1st Ystrad Mynach Scout Group, to be used in their community activities and to help the cubs and scouts earn their safety badge.

‘Some of the pupils will be taking a trip to Cyfarthfa Castle, as well walking into town to meet Father Christmas,’ says head teacher, Neil Hancox. ‘The vests will be a significant addition to safety during these activities.’

Section leader of the 1st Ystrad Mynach Scout Group, Dave Cook, adds: ‘I know everyone involved will feel more relaxed knowing the children are easily visible, especially to drivers.’

Dark evenings ahead

Peter Render, director of the Specsavers in Merthyr Tydfil, said: ‘Winter is an exciting time for children, especially in the run up to Christmas. However, the darker evenings do a pose a threat to pedestrians and in particular to the youngest members of our community, some of whom will be on the roads either walking home from school or during extra-curricular activities.

‘Specsavers is dedicated to championing the important message of being seen and safe on the roads, and this message is particularly important for younger children who may not be aware of just how dangerous our roads can be. We hope the vests will go some way in communicating this.’

All Merthyr Tydfil store information