Opticians in Newtown has donated 100 high-visibility vests to a local primary school and 100 to a local Brownies group, to help children be seen when out walking in the community.

Safe and seen

Helen Paxon, store manager, and optical assistants Esther Lauder and Harriett Mann, visited Penygloddfa Primary School and the Newtown District Brownies to donate the vests and talk to the children about the importance of being safe and seen on the roads.

Kind donation

Pamela Lyons, coordinator of Girlguiding Newtown, said: ‘We are very grateful for the vests that Specsavers has donated. We often take the girls out into the local community, and they will help make sure they are safe and easily spotted.

‘They will be split between five local Brownie and Rainbow groups, and groups and organisations can borrow them if needed. They will become a real resource for the whole community.’

David Mullan, head teacher at Penyglodffa Primary School, said: ‘We would like to thank Specsavers for its kind donation. The vests will make sure the children are easily seen when they are out locally and on school trips. They give a clear message to the pupils how important it is to be safe near roads.’

Road safety message

Helen Paxon, store manager at Specsavers in Newtown, said: ‘It is very important that pedestrians take care on the roads and wear high-visibility clothing on darker winter mornings and evenings.

‘It’s important to educate children about road safety from a young age, so it was great to come into the school and the Brownies meeting to speak to the children to spread the road safety message.’

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