Specsavers in New Malden is helping schoolchildren and teachers in Kingston stay safe this winter by donating 100 hi-visibility jackets to Robin Hood Primary School.

The opticians presented 50 child-sized and 50 adult-sized jackets to the school this month to ensure pupils remain visible to drivers during the longer nights.

Specsavers New Malden store director Dr Ahmed Sivardeen and store manager Rebecca Conway paid a visit to the school to present the jackets to Deputy Head, Julie Smith, and gave pupils the chance to try the jackets on for themselves.

Julie Smith said: ‘These jackets will be invaluable when classes go out on educational visits as well as being worn by our Playground Buddies, where older pupils organise games for younger pupils.’

Supporting Road Safety Week

Specsavers stores around the UK supported Road Safety Week, an annual initiative established by charity group Brake encouraging schools and communities to take action on road safety.

A word from the store director

Dr Ahmed Sivardeen said: ‘We serve many local children and families and we wanted to ensure they stay safe as the winter nights begin to draw in. We are now looking at donating more jackets to other nearby schools to help raise awareness of the importance of road safety across the borough.’

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